(pronounced: lep-TOH-teez)


Epidendreae subtribe Laeliinae

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Caespitose to somewhat trailing epiphytes. Pseudobulbs terete, cylindric, short. Leaves one, semiterete, fleshy-rigid, with a central groove. Inflorescences terminal, one to few-flowered laxly pendent racemes. Flowers cupped. Sepals and petals subsimilar, subequal, free, spreading. Lip three-lobed, without callus or with low keels. Column short, with the clinandrial margin membranaceous; pollinia 6, four large and two small, sessile on a common minute viscidium.


A genus of about 11 species native to Brazil and Paraguay.

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Krackowizer, F. J. 1954. Monografia do Gênero Leptotes. Revista Circulo Paulista de Orquidófilos 11(3):43-72