NatureServe Conservation Status
Rounded Global Status Rank: G5 - Secure
Reasons: Mexico through Central America to Colombia and Venezuela. (Introduced in southern Florida, Cuba, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, and St. Croix. Found along roads and in towns throughout Puerto Rico. Naturalized in various other tropical regions on other continents.) This species endures drought, survives both heat and shade and is able to grow on poor soils and denuded lands in dry climates and on seacoasts even with its roots in brackish or salt water.