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Leptotes bicolor

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by orchidkarma, Mar 26, 2011.

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  1. orchidkarma

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    A very small orchid genus consisting of only nine species from Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina. Leptotes bicolor is a lovely epiphyte that grows at elevations between 500 and 900 meters. The species recorded by John Lindley in 1833, but five of the nine Leptotes species were registered as late as the last few decade. My plant is from German grower Karge and is a faithful bloomer every spring. The flowers measuring about 5 cm wide and each inflorescence gives three or more flowers in a row. The pure white is a stark contrast to the stunning purple lip. I grow it mounted on cork in the warm/intermed viv, high humidity, medium light and it is allowed to dry out fairly well between waterings. More Photos on the blog.

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    Nice one! I have always liked this species and now have two others of the genus.
     
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    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Very nice. Mine struggles for some reason. Do your spikes take a long time to develop?
     
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    From Encyclopaedia of Cultivated Orchids - Hawkes: "The dried, ripened seed-capsules of L. bicolor Ldl. contain vanillin, and are used for flavouring ices and sweets in Brazil."
     
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    Thanks a lot!! :) I really love this genus too, and I would not mind growing more of them. I have the unicolor too, but that one I am struggling with.... I grow it the same as the bicolor, but all I get is blasted buds.... Kelly, my spikes do not seem to develop exceptionally slow, pretty normal to me. Thanks Dale, I have read that too. Maybe I need to pollinate it and check. ;)
     
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    awesome!
     
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    Beautiful photos Karma!!! And the flower is fantastic!
     
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    Great color on the lip. My leptotes do a lot better since I started watering less often so they are dry for 1 to 3 days between waterings.
     
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    Thanks a lot! :D Yes Marni, I keep mine on the dry side too, seems to work.