Peninsular Florida, the West Indies, Mexico, Central America and northern South America.
IRC SOUTH FLORIDA Status:
Map of select IRC data for peninsular Florida
SOUTH FLORIDA Occurrence:
SOUTH FLORIDA Native Status:
SOUTH FLORIDA Cultivated Status:
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B. gummifera, Elaphrium simaruba.
FLORIDA KEYS Occurrence:
FLORIDA KEYS Native Status:
IRC FLORIDA KEYS Status:
Map of select IRC data for the Florida Keys
Florida Keys History and Distribution:
First collected between 1838 and 1853 by John Loomis Blodgett on the island of Key West. Reported in 1913
by John Kunkel Small for hammocks from the upper Keys to the lower Keys. Observed in what is now Dry Tortugas National Park in the lower sandy Keys since 1916, but probably introduced there (Reimus & Robertson, 1997). Also reported for the lower sandy Keys by Davis (1942), but we have been unable to confirm this report. Not mapped for the lower sandy Keys by Elbert L. Little, Jr (1978). We consider this native and extant from the upper Keys to the lower Keys, and assumed to be introduced but within its native range in the lower sandy Keys.