Monographs Details: Hymenophyllum elegans Spreng.
Authority: Maguire, Bassett. 1984. The Botany of the Guyana Highland - Part XII. Mem. New York Bot. Gard. 38: 1-84.
Family:Hymenophyllaceae
Description:Distribution and Ecology - General distribution. Antilles and Trinidad. Guatemala and Costa Rica toVenezuela, Colombia, Bolivia, and Brazil.Guayana Highland distribution. Trunk epiphyte a m o n g mosses and liverworts.C O L O M B I A . Depto. Meta: Sierra de La Macarena, near and at the summit ofthe Renjifo Massif, 1300-1900 m , Idrobo & Schultes 973, 1127, and 1181 (allUS). V E N E Z U E L A . Terr. Amazonas: Cerro de la Neblina, E escarpment of theupper Cafio Grande basin, 1900 m , Maguire, Wurdack & Maguire 42407 (NY,US). Edo. Bolivar: Meseta de Jaua, summit of the east-central portion of CerraJaua, 1922-2100 m , Steyermark 98164 (US, V E N ) ; Auyan-tepui, C a m p a m e n toEl Pefion, 1800 m , Vareschi & Foldats 480511 ( V E N fragm U S ) ; Auyan-tepui,summit ofthe S E part ofthe N W arm, W ofthe Salto Churun, 1850 m , Steyermark93420 (US, V E N ) ; Chimanta Massif, SW-facing slopes of Chimanta-tepui (Torono-tepui)'above the valley ofthe Rio Tirica, 1000-1700 m , Steyermark 75441(NY, U S ) ; Chimanta Massif, W-facing portion of Chimanta-tepui (Torono-tepui),1606-1700 m , Steyermark 74648 (F, N Y , U S ) ; Chimanta Massif, Amuri-tepui( W sector of Acopan-tepui), 1950 m , Steyermark, Huber & Carrefio E. 128737and 128744 (both U S , V E N ) ; Alto Rio Cuyuni, at base of escarpment of LaEscalera, 850 m , Maguire, Steyermark & Maguire 46931 (NY, U S ) .

Discussion:

Hymenophyllum cruegeriC. Muell., Bot. Zeit. 12: 722. 1854. Type. Mt. Tocuche, Trinidad, Purdie & Crueger (holotype B not seen fragm US).

Hymenophyllum delicatissimum Fee, Crypt. Vase. Bres. 2: 86, t. 105, f 1. 1873. Type. Serra dos Orgaos, Est. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Glaziou 3591 (holotype P not seen photo 4595, isotype US).

Hymenophyllum caudatellum Christ, Bull. Herb. Boiss. II, 4:939.1904. Type. Costa Rica, Werckle in 1903 (holotype P not seen, isotype U S fragm NY).

Hymenophyllum elegans f minor Morton, Contr. U.S. Natl. Herb. 29: 154. 1947. Type. Sierra del Libano, Sta. Marta Mountains, Depto. Magdalena, Colombia, 1650 m, H. H. Smith 1100 (holotype NY).

Sphaerocionium elegans (Spreng.) Copel., Philippine J. Sci. 67: 32. 1938.

Sphaerocionium cruegeri (C. Muell.) Copel., Philippine J. Sci. 67: 32. 1938

Type. Brazil, Sellow (holotype LZ destroyed).

Distribution:Trinidad and Tobago South America| Guatemala Central America| Costa Rica South America| Venezuela South America| Colombia South America| Bolivia South America| Brazil South America| Guyana South America|