Originally described by J. Lindley in 1838 as Cattleya perrinii and named it after Mr. Perrin gardener to Mr. R. Harrison of Aigburgh, Liverpool, a noted grower of orchid sent to him by his brother trading as a merchant in Brazil.
Stem like Psbs., 7cm.-16cm.-(3-6) tall covered in scarious sheaths; unifoliate leaf can be up to 26cm.-(10) tall and 5cm.-(20 wide subtended by a compressed sheath from which 11cm.-(4.25) Delicate pink petals and sepals develop. The lip is white with a rich purple mid-lobe. The column is a light pink.
An intermediate temperature with good light, humidity and good air movement are its main requirements. If potted an open well draining medium with a little water retentive element will produce good results. The Alba variety I pure white all over part from the purple on the lip.