In the huge
Orchid (Orchidaceae) Family, this
genus consists of about 113 species from
Costa Rica and into South America. It was
named in 1824 by John Lindley in honor of
Sir William Cattley.
These are the
type of orchid commonly most associated with
corsages. In the wild, they tend to grow in
large groupings at a particular site. This
has sometimes led to them being over
harvested with some on the edge of
extinction. Hundreds and hundreds of hybrids
are now under production in greenhouses
throughout the world.