Several species of Elaphoglossum have striking metallic-blue iridescent leaves. The coloration is caused by thin-film interference and may be an adaptation to low-light habitats.

Collection Data (M. Sundue 3303)

Classification & Common Names

General Collection Data
  • Date: 9-IX-2012
  • Primary Collector & #: M. Sundue 3303
  • Collection Party: M. Sundue, J. Betancur, P. Pedraza, G. Giraldo, M. Jaimes, E. Tineo, M. Londono, A. Duque, L. Arias
  • Det. History: M. Sundue
  • Habitat: Primary Forest
  • Habit: Epiphyte
  • Specimen Locations: COL, NY, VT
Additional Comments

Leaves metallic-blue iridescent

Collection Location