Monographic and Phylogenetic Studies of Elaphoglossum (Dryopteridaceae)

Robbin C. Moran

This is on open-ended project that I am doing with graduate students, foreign collaborators, and John Mickel (my predecessor and colleague at the Garden). Elaphoglossum contains about 600 species and as such is one of the largest genera of ferns. We are interested in what the species are and where they occur. This is simply unknown for most of the species. We have also been studying the evolutionary relationships among the species and have been interested in character evolution of the spores and the rare instances of leaf dissection in the genus. My current graduate student, Fernando Matos, is studying for his doctoral dissertation E. sect. Polytrichia.

More information:

Related project: Evolution and Development in Lycophytes and Ferns
Web site: Elaphoglossum pages

Elaphoglossum conspersum growing in the Rain Forest of Costa Rica.

A spore of Elaphoglossum hoffmannii.