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Useful Tropical Plants

Leptotes bicolor

Lindl.

Orchidaceae

+ Synonyms

Leptotes glaucophylla Hoffmanns.

Leptotes serrulata Lindl.

Tetramicra bicolor (Lindl.) Rolfe

Tetramicra serrulata (Lindl.) G.Nicholson

Common Name:

Leptotes bicolor
Flowering plant
Photograph by: Dick Culbert
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General Information

Leptotes bicolor is an epiphytic, perennial plant producing small pseudostems up to 3cm long, with leaves up to 10cm long, from a creeping rhizome.
The fruits are sometimes gathered from the wild and used as a vanilla-like flavouring.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.

Range

S. America - Paraguay, Brazil.

Habitat

Not known

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
HabitPerennial
Height0.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

The fruit is used as a food flavouring, especially for ice creams[
301
Title
Cornucopia II
Publication
 
Author
Facciola. S.
Publisher
Kampong Publications, California.
Year
1998
ISBN
0-9628087-2-5
Description
The second edition of an excellent guide to the edible uses of plants, though it does not give any details of cultivation etc.
]. A coumarin-like aroma, the flavour is sweeter than vanilla but less penetrating[
301
Title
Cornucopia II
Publication
 
Author
Facciola. S.
Publisher
Kampong Publications, California.
Year
1998
ISBN
0-9628087-2-5
Description
The second edition of an excellent guide to the edible uses of plants, though it does not give any details of cultivation etc.
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
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