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A lowland species, usually below 1000 m but occasionally reaching higher elevations; occurring naturally in scrublands, savannas and forest openings and along streambanks and quebradas; common as a weed in secondary thickets, pastures, roadsides and other disturbed sites; in open sun or partial shade; tolerant of many soil types from poorly drained, fine-textured ones to sand and stony soils; in mesic or sometimes semi-arid situations. From Trinidad, Venezuela and northern Colombia through Central America to Yucatán, Oaxaca, Veracruz and Tamaulipas in Mexio.


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