Flora of the Hawaiian Islands
Pteridophyte Literature for Elaphoglossum paleaceum
Palmer, 2003.
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      Elaphoglossum paleaceum

Common name(s): `ekaha, Hart's tongue fern, hoe a Maui, maku`e
General Information
DistributionHawaii. Elaphoglossum paleaceum is also found in Central and South America, the Azores, and Madeira. It is quite variable in its American distribution.In the Hawaiian Islands, indigenous to Kaua`i, O`ahu, Moloka`i, Lana`i, Maui, Hawai`i.

Dryopteridaceae - Elaphoglossum paleaceum

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HabitatMesic open woods to wet forests
Elevation875-2075 m
Terrestrial, epiphytic or epiphytic, medium-sized; rhizomes short-creeping to ascending, 2-3 mm diameter without scales (to 8 mm with scales), entirely covered with light to dark brown or black scales, phyllopodia densely covering rhizomes.
Stipes 1/5-1/3 blade length, scales linear-lanceolate, orange brown, similar to rhizome scales but membranous, less pigmented; sterile blades with a nodding growth habit, oblanceolate to linear, 10-55 cm long, both surfaces covered with ciliate, lanceolate scales; fertile blades densely covered with scales on adaxial surfaces, sometimes scales scattered over sporangia; veins parallel, free, usually obscured by scales.
Latin paleaceus, chaffy, in reference to the scaly nature of this species.
Sally Eichhorn