ORIGIN: Found in Narino Colombia and northwestern Ecuador in cloud forests as a miniature to small sized, cool growing terrestrial or lithophyte on steep embankments at elevations of 600 to 2600 meters.
DESCRIPTION: Found in Narino Colombia and northwestern Ecuador in cloud forests as a miniature to small sized, cool growing terrestrial or lithophyte on steep embankments at elevations of 600 to 2600 meters with clump-forming, stout, erect, purplish ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 loose tubular sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, oblong-obovate, obtuse to rounded leaf that is cuneate into the stout channeled petiole that blooms in the fall through late winter on a slender, suberect to descending, 1 to 2 2/5 [2.5 to 6 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a loose, tubular, floral bract carrying a large, fleshy, foul-smelling, long-lasting, color-variable flower held way below the leaf.
FLOWER SIZE: 2 inches [5 cm]
-- information provided by Jay Pfahl, author of the
Internet Orchid Species Encyclopedia (IOSPE).
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