Type. Colombia. Departamento de Santander, mountains east of Las Vegas, alt
3000-3300 m , E. P Killip & Albert C. Smith 15830 (holotype U S ; isotype N Y ) .
Because the inflorescence of the type collection is immature, it is difficult to
know just where to place this species. However, the combination of spreading panicle
branches and puberulent sterile lemmas denotes a distinct species. A few herbarium
collections from Colombia (Comisaria de Caqueta and Departamento de Norte de
Santander) resemble the type but are themselves immature specimens and their assignment
to Neurolepis mollis is questionable. They are from paramo forests at
elevations of 2400-3300 m. The finest specimen I have seen is Steyermark 56512
(US) with a mature inflorescence, collected in dwarf cool forest in the state of
Merida, Venezuela, at 2430-2895 m. A dwarfed example, but with normal mature
spikelets, is Steyermark 57400 (US), collected in Venezuela on limestone outcrops
of Paramo de Tama, near the Colombian-Venezuelan boundary at 3045-3475 m.