|Pteridophyte|| Literature for Elaphoglossum paleaceum
Common name(s): `ekaha, Hart's tongue fern, hoe a Maui, maku`e
|Distribution||Hawaii. 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.|
|Habitat||Mesic open woods to wet forests|
||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.