An introduced herb native to Tropical America. Escaped and naturalized among grasses along roadsides and open places in the montaze zone. Flowers open around 10 AM and close late afternoon. Flowering intermittently throughout the year.
An endemic tree occurs in wet lowlands and intermediate zone up to about 1000 m a.s.l. The fruits are broken into segments and dried in the sun or over a fire to used for making curries. Often cultivated in home gardens.