Originally described as a Laelia. New DNA evidence shows that the Mexican (true) Laelias are DISTANTLY related to the Brazilian Laelias. As a result the Brazilian Laelias have been lumped into Cattleya. A mess we will have to deal with for quite a while. Regardless, C. purpurata produces flowers only second to the large flowered Labiate Cattleyas. Plants are tall reaching 20" - 24". The pseudobulbs are produced along a creeping rhizome about 1" - 1 1/2" apart. The inflorescences are produced apically. Inflorescences produce 4-7 LARGE flowers. Individual flowers measure 4" - 6" across. The sepals and petals are pristine white. The labellum is white with a yellow throat and heavily veined dark pink. This will grow well with typical Cattleya conditions.
Plants are near flowering sized seedlings. These could flower on the next growth in Spring 2014.