On May 9, 2008, redzone911 from Pinellas, FL wrote:
There has been confusion between the native and non-native necklace pods. An easy way to tell the difference is to look at the leaves. The native necklace pods (var. truncata) have bright, deep green leaves, smooth, and little shiny. Non-native necklace pods (var. occidentalis) have fuzzy foliage with a silvery look.
On Oct 22, 2001, Floridian from Lutz, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:
This is an endangered native of South Florida and the American tropics. A yellow-flowering shrub, it blooms throughout the year. It likes a sunny location and attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. Necklace-like seed pods are attractive, but poisonous if eaten. New leaves have an unusual silvery, velvety texture. Salt and drought tolerant.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Big Pine Key, Florida Boca Raton, Florida Bradenton Beach, Florida Cape Coral, Florida Combee Settlement, Florida Coral Springs, Florida Cutler Ridge, Florida Fort Myers, Florida Fruitville, Florida Hobe Sound, Florida (2 reports) Indian River Shores, Florida Jacksonville, Florida Key Largo, Florida Limestone Creek, Florida Margate, Florida North Port, Florida Oldsmar, Florida Pembroke Pines, Florida Saint Petersburg, Florida Sebastian, Florida Siesta Key, Florida Vineyards, Florida Wauchula, Florida Prien, Louisiana Houston, Texas Palm Valley, Texas San Leanna, Texas