The typical variety is native to South Florida, the West Indies, Mexico, Central America and South America; other subspecies are found in the New and Old World tropics.
Map of select IRC data for peninsular Florida
NatureServe Global Status:
State of Florida Status:
Florida Natural Areas Inventory State Status:
IRC SOUTH FLORIDA Status:
Possibly Extirpated or Extinct in the Wild
SOUTH FLORIDA Occurrence:
SOUTH FLORIDA Native Status:
SOUTH FLORIDA Cultivated Status:
See also, IRC’s report Vascular plant species of management concern in Everglades National Park
(Gann 2015), page 130.