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Rounded Global Status Rank: G4 - Apparently Secure

Reasons: Southern Florida including Florida Keys and almost throughout West Indies from Bahamas and Cuba to Trinidad and Tobago and Curacao and Aruba. Also from Mexico to Colombia, Venezuela, and Guyana. Native to the soils derived from limestone in Puerto Rico but seen as a fence row and roadside tree in the coastal and lower mountain regions (Little and Wadsworth 1964). Growing on a variety of sites from xerophytic to mesophytic forests but reaching its best development in lowland forest. It occurs in some sites as pure or nearly pure forests, and in others as an occasional to very frequent tree. It grows well in the dry coastal plains and foothills in Jamaica and in rocky, barren limestone soils in other parts of the island. In Belize, where it is rather common, up to 23 trees per acre are found along broken ridges on the northern plain. The timber is available for export in Belize and possibly Trinidad, Jamaica, Haiti and Cuba (Longwood 1962).

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