It has been a long wait! I got this as a shrivelled two-leaf, three-bulb, imported division from Japan in 2006. For the first two years I really didn't know if it would survive because it arrived in such poor shape. Now 5 years on, it finally bloomed for the first time. My understanding is that the 'litorânea' designation has to do with it being from a seaside ecotype. I have been told that this species can occur naturally within reach of salt spray at the seashore. Impressive! I really like this species and would like to grow more forms of it. I have an awarded yellow form that was also imported from Japan 5 years ago that I hope will bloom within the coming year. Cattleya cernua's native range extends through SE Brazil, Paraguay and NE Argentina.