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Central Costa Rica to western Panama, (1050-) 1400-3300 m; in wet habitats, in organic soils, in full sun or partial shade, in openings of cloud forests, often among oaks or pines, marshy grasslands, including disturbed habitats such as landslides, streamsides, road cuts, moist garbage heaps, recently plowed soil in forest clearings, recently burned forests, roadside ditches, forest edges, or on rotting tree stumps. When growing in primary forests, it occurs near sunny openings such as paths or streams or tree falls.


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