More hopes for the London Show today with our large Leptotes bicolor. This plant won a cultural commendation from the RHS last year and looks as if it wants another trip to Westminster.
This small species is native to Brazil and is part of the Cattleya family. We have observed this species in the wild growing on a shady moss covered granite rock face in dryish forest at 900m altitude. We cultivate it in our Warm Americas section (minimum 15C) and mounted on bark where it is watered every day to replicate the water availability available of the wild plant.
The leptotes is the white dots in the photo below on the shaded rock. Note also spanish moss (Tillandsia usneoides) growing on the tree (left side of the photo) and arboreal ants nests in the tree.