Published in Ann. Nat. Hist. 1: 479 in 1838.
Synonym of Cattleya violacea (Kunth.) Rolfe.
Also published in Bot. Mag. 70: 4083 in 1844:
A very splendid species of Cattleya, and a fragrant one. It was detected in British Guiana, by Mr. Schomburgk, and by him living plants were sent to Messrs. Loddiges, where they blossomed in 1838. Its discoverer remembers that, "in beauty, odour, and duration, it is not to be surpassed by any Orchideous plant : the odour in the morning and evening becoming too powerful for a confined place; and its splendid flowers last for two or three weeks."