SUBGENUS Empusella Luer 1986

The subgenus is characterized by narrowly obovate, coriaceous leaves that gradually taper into a petiolate base and is much longer than the abbreviated ramicaul. A ramemose inflorescence arises from an annulus below the abscission layer. The peduncle and floral bracts are laterally compressed and the inflorescence gradually lengthens over time as the large fleshy, rigid flowers successively arise. The essentialy free sepals are markedly verrucose within and vary in color from green to orange to red-purple. The petals are oblong, minutely verrucose and arise from the sides of the broad column foot. The winged column is denticulate and the ventral anther is hooded and have 2 pyriform pollina.

  1. Pleurothallis endotrachys Rchb.f 1876 Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia and Venezuela

  2. Pleurothallis pfavii Rchb.f. 1886