This small Elaphoglossum was abundant in rocky crevices in dry paramo at PNN El Cocuy. It has a very long-creeping, highly ramified rhizome densely covered with black scales. It appears to be endemic to a small portion of the northeastern Andes in the departments of Boyacá and Arauca in Colombia and the states of Tachira and Mérida in Venezuela, although this name has also been applied to some Costa Rican plants from much lower elevations.
Collection Data (W. Testo 1393)
Classification & Common Names
- Class: Polypodiopsida
- Family: Dryopteridaceae
- Genus: Elaphoglossum Schott ex J. Sm.
- Species: Elaphoglossum atrosquamatum Mickel
- Common name(s):
General Collection Data
- Date: 14-VIII-2017
- Primary Collector & #: W. Testo 1393
- Collection Party: David Sanín, William Bravo Pedraza, Lia Esperanza Alarcón, Gabriel Peñaloza.
- Det. History: W. Testo, March 2021
- Habitat: Paramo
- Habit: Terrestrial
- Specimen Locations: BRIT, HUA, VT
Growing at base of large rocks in dry paramo. Rhizome very long creeping and covered in dark black, lustrous scales.
- Location: Parque Nacional Natural El Cocuy – – Güicán – Boyacá – Colombia.
- Coordinates: 6.465N, 72.297W
- Elevation: 4100 m