|Red List Category & Criteria:
||Cotton, E. & Pitman, N.
||Valencia, R., Pitman, N., Léon-Yánez, S. & Jørgensen, P.M. (Ecuador Plants Red List Authority)
A shrub endemic to southeastern Ecuador, where it is known from three collections, all of them on the Loja–Zamora road. Forests along the road have been extensively explored in recent years, so it is surprising that the most recent record of this species is from 1961. Not confirmed in Ecuador's protected areas network, but may occur in the Parque Nacional Podocarpus. In 1997, the IUCN classified the species as "Rare" (Walter and Gillett 1998). No specimens of this species are housed in Ecuadorean museums. Apart from habitat destruction, no specific threats are known.