The Catopsis berteroniana is an epiphyte. This means it grows clinging to the branches of trees with fairly sparse foliage. It attaches itself by means of a mass of roots. If a plant is very healthy, it produces a rosette of leaves. These leaves can be so bright that the plant seems to glow. A waxy coating can be found on the leaves with a white powdery appearance and this further emphasizes this appearance.
Insects are attracted to these plants and are trapped as a result of the wavy and slippery leaves. These insects drown in the water stored at the base of the leaves.