Cattleya percivaliana O'Brien 1883 is a native of Venezuela, where it is found growing on moss covered rocks. Therefore this species prefers brighter light and less water than other Cattleyas. The normal blooming period is late December around Christmastime, hence the common name of "The Christmas Orchid". It was named for M.R. Percival, an English amateur orchid grower at Birkdale, Southport, Great Britain.