A very small and uncommon species from Brazil: Leptotes pauloensis. While it has the similar succulent-like leaves as the more familiar and larger species, Leptotes bicolor, the flowers are quite distinct.
We are also fortunate to have a plant of the album form of Leptotes pauloensis (image below).
We grow our Leptotes pauloensis alongside Leptotes bohnkiana, Leptotes tenuis, and Leptotes bicolor in the LED light cool room, with 50F (10C) minimum nights in winter. It receives very bright light, allowing the edges of some of the leaves to turn red. I have read that they usually flower in late spring to summer, like other Leptotes; however, these photographs are from a bloom in early December.
Interested in more unique and beautiful orchid images?
My vision to create orchid portraits emerged from my appreciation for the “whole orchid.” So many photographs of orchids focus only on the flower. But orchids are not flowers: they are entire plants and living beings. Connect more deeply with the many dimensions of orchids …