Leptotes pauloensis

Leptotes pauloensis

Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Asparagales
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Tribe: Epidendreae
SubTribe: Laeliinae
Genus: Leptotes
Species: Lpt. pauloensis
Binomial name
Leptotes pauloensis
Hoehne 1934

Leptotes pauloensis is a species in the genus Leptotes.


Plant blooms in from late spring to summer with a single 2 cm wide flower. species very similar to L. tenuis and can be separated from it mainly by the opposite distribution of color between the lip and the other sepals and petals, namely, pale lilac petals and sepals and white lip with a yellowish cream mark in the middle. Its distribution overlaps L. tenuis but extends much more into the south.[1]


Plants are found in montane forest of spiritu Santo, Rio de Janiero, Sao Paulo, Parana and Santa Catarina states of Brazil at elevations of 700 to 1000 meters


Plant prefer dry outs between waterings. Water about one to two times every week. Fertilize about once every two weeks during growing season. Plant grows in medium to bright light and cool to warm temperatures. Pot in perlite and medium bark or in full sphagnum moss. Plant is best mounted.


Common Name: The Sao Paulo Leptotes


  1. Vitorino P. Castro Neto: Leptotes pauloensis in Icones Orchidacearum Brasilienses Vol.2: pl.162. São Paulo, March 2006. ISBN 8590149447

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