!Leptotes bicolor Lindley 1833 Photo by Jay Pfahl

Side angle of flower

Inflorescence Photo courtesy of Joseph Dougherty

Var alba Photo by Lourens Grobler

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Common Name Bicolored Leptotes

Flower Size 1 1/2 to 2" [3.5 to 5 cm]

A beautiful, miniature, cool to hot growing epiphyte from Brazil and Paraguay in subtropical rainforest and coastal mountains at elevations of 500 to 900 meters with terete pencil-like psuedobulbs covered basally by several membraneous sheaths and has a single, apical, erect or spreading, subcylindric, acute, deeply grooved dorsally, shiney, dark green leaf, and large, 1 to 3, successively opening, fragrant flowers on a 3/4" [2 cm] long, inflorescence shorter than and arising from the base of the leaves, occuring in the late winter or early spring and grows very well attached to tree fern with bright light and humid conditions. The seed pods are used for flavoring in Brazil in ice cream and sherbert.

In Brazil extracts from this plant's fruit capsules have been used to flavor milk, ice cream and sherbert exactly as we use vanilla.

Synonyms Bletia bicolor Rchb.f ?; Leptotes glaucophylla Hoffmannsegg 1843; Leptotes serrulata Lindl. 1838; Tetramicra bicolor [Lindley] Benth. 1883; Tetramicra serrulata Nichols 1887

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 photo fide; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 26 No 2 1957; AOS Bulletin Vol 26 No 5 1957 drawing; AOS Bulletin Vol 28 No 5 1959; AOS Bulletin Vol 28 No 7 1959 photo; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 photo fide; Die Orchideen #9 33-36 tafel 9 Rudolph Schlechter 1971 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 47 No 6 1978; AOS Bulletin Vol 49 No 6 1980 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 50 No 3 1981 drawing; AOS Bulletin Vol 54 No 6 1985 photo; Cattleyas and Their Relatives Withner Vol 3 1990 photo fide; Cattleyas and Their Relatives Withner Vol 3 1990 as L serrulata drawing ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 61 No 7 1992 photo; Orchids of the High Mountain Atlantic Rainforest in SE Brazil Warren & Miller 1994; Orchid Australia Vol 11 No 6 1999 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 73 No 7 2004 photo; Icones Orchidacearum Brasilienses II Plate 160 Castro Neto 2006 drawing/photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 78 No 5 2009 photo;

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