Leptotes is a genus within the Cattleya Alliance consisting of eight miniature species from South America. The genus is so named for its delicate form. Although technically it does have pseudobulbs, the plants appear to be clumps of terete leaves that differ in size depending on the species. Plants are typically grown mounted, but some grow well in pots, too. Flowers arise from the base of the leaf, and they are quite big in comparison to the plant size.
Leptotes make excellent beginner plants, particularly Leptotes bicolor. They grow intermediate to warm and like moderate light. Like other members of the Cattleya Alliance, they like to dry out before you water again.
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