Cattleya luteola is a dwarf species inhabiting Ecuador, Peru, Brazil and Bolivia. The psuedobulbs rarely exceed 3 inches tall (7.6 cm), and the leaves are usually about 4 inches (10 cm). C. luteola is best grown mounted, with ample light and good ventilation. The rambling nature of the species must be taken into account when choosing a mount. It prefers a winter rest without watering, after flowering which is usually late fall to early winter. C. luteola has been used in" mini cat" hybridizing, as it imparts its smallness to its progeny.