In horticulture Cattleya is designated with the abbreviation Cat.
Cattleya alliance members are mostly epiphytes and sometimes lithophytes.
They have thickened pseudo-bulbs with 1 or 2 leaves at the top.
Their leaves are leathery in texture, thick and fleshy or tough. They are sympodial in growth, with each new growth emerging from the previous growth.
They grow on and along supports, such as branches and trunks of trees in tropical and subtropical America.