Leptotoes pohlitinocoi – 365 days of orchids – day 1157
We have a real theme this week with small pink and red Brazilian species, pollinated by Hummingbirds.
This little orchid from Bahia, Brazil is similar to Leptotes bicolor (below) with small terete leaves but eh flowers are bright flowers and produced in ones and twos. Its leaves are finer than Leptotes bicolor and the flowers are smaller as well as differently shaped (and of course properly pink)
We grow the two species of leptotes close together in Warm Americas and both mounted. Leptotes pohlitinocoi is more pendulous than Leptotes bicolor and is determined to grow downwards which can make display a little difficult. This plant has been on this mount for about twelve years showing the slow rate at which it grows.
This year the plant is flowering more than a month earlier than usual. The warm winter is probably the reason.