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A low to middle elevation species encountered from sea level to about 1500 m, occurring naturally in open woodlands and thickets and in light gaps near watercourses in quebradas and barrancas; in partial shade or open sun; versatile in soil tolerance, on both limestone and granite derived soils of diverse textures; in seasonally dry to relatively wet situations; commonly occuring as a successional species in human clearings and disturbances. Extending from barranca woodlands and oak forests of southern Sonora and Chihuahua in Mexico south along the Sierra Madre Occidental to central Mexico, widespread and common in Southern Mexico, Guatemala and El Salvador, apparently less abundant in the remainder of Central America, also in the Chocó of Colombia and lowlands of Ecuador and northern Peru.


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