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A lowland species, usually growing between 0 and 500 m but occasionally cultivated at somewhat higher elevations, mostly in open sun, apparently found only in association with man, intentionally cultivated or spontaneous in human disturbances and about habitations. Frequent in the upper Amazon Basin of southern Colombia, Ecuador, and northern Peru, cultivated sporadically in settlements along the Amazon and Orinoco River systems of Brazil and Venezuela as far east as Belém.


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