Leptotes tenuis

Leptotes tenuis

Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Asparagales
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Tribe: Epidendreae
SubTribe: Laeliinae
Genus: Leptotes
Species: Lpt. tenuis
Binomial name
Leptotes tenuis
Rchb. f 1865

Leptotes tenuis is a species in the genus Leptotes.


Plant blooms in the spring with a single 1.5 cm wide fragrant flower. It is the only Leptotes species with pale green, yellowish or white flowers and lilac colored lip. [1]


Plants are found in the misty montane forest of Espiritu Santo, Rio de Janiero, Sao Paulo and Minas Gerais states of Brazil 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: Slender-Leafed Leptotes

Synonyms Edit

  1. Leptotes minuta Rolfe 1889
  2. Tetramicra minuta Rolfe 1889


  1. Vitorino P. Castro Neto: Leptotes tenuis in Icones Orchidacearum Brasilienses Vol.2: pl.164. São Paulo, March 2006. ISBN 8590149447

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