Leptotes tenuis Rchb. f 1865 Photo by Andy Phillips Andy's Orchids

Another Flower Angle Photo by Lourens Grobler

FragrancePart shadeCool To Warm Spring

Common Name Slender-Leafed Leptotes

Flower Size 2/3" [1.5 cm ]

Found in Espirito Santo, Rio de Janiero, Sao Paulo and Minas Gerais states of Brazil in mountains with nightly mists at elevations of 700 to 1000 meters as a miniature sized, warm to cool growing, terete leafed, epiphyte with small fusiform-cylindrical pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, erect to slightly curved, fleshy, subterete, acute, deeply grooved above leaf that blooms on an apical, pendant, 1 1/4 to 2" [3 to 5 cm] long, one to 2 flowered inflorescence with nodding, fragrant flowers that arises in the winter and spring. Mount on tree fern and give cool to warm temperatures with light shade, water while growing, less when not and high humidity.

Synonyms Leptotes minuta Rolfe 1889; Tetramicra minuta Rolfe 1889

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae Brasilenses Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 drawing fide; Cattleyas and Their Relatives Withner Vol 3 1990 photo ok; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992 photo fide; Orchids of the High Mountain Atlantic Rainforest in SE Brazil Warren & Miller 1994; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 42 - 43 pg 2626 - 2762 Brieger 2001 as L minuta; Icones Orchidacearum Brasilienses II Plate 164 Castro Neto 2006 drawing/photo fide; Orchidees Du Bresil As Orchideas da Serra Do Castello Vol 3 Chiron & Bolsanello 2013 drawing ok/photo ok