There are only two (2) species of this genus. Both are found growing wild in the West Indies. The plants are small with tightly packed oval pseudobulbs. Two stiff leaves grow from the top of each bulb. The flower spike grows from the top of the pseudobulb and the flowers open one after the other for an extended period of time (often several months). The plants prefer warm growing temperatures and bright light (brighter than Cattleyas). For best results, grow these plants mounted on tree branches or cork mounts and provide high humidity and good air circulation. Broughtonias are susceptible to scale insect attack and should be observed frequently so that remedial action can be taken at the first sign of infestation.
They are used in breeding with Cattleyas to create Cattletonia hybrids.