Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


3809

Fern/Fern ally; Vine
Perennial

Non-native: southeast Asia
Documented growing wild in - - -

Look for it in swamps, hammocks, disturbed areas, per Weakley's Flora

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INVASIVE

This plant is causing problems in natural areas outside its native range, according to authorities such as:

SC Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2014
USDA Federal Noxious Weed List, 093014

 

LEAVES:
Deciduous in our area?
Leaves to 10m long, pinnae stalked and pinnately divided

FRUIT:
Winter/Spring/Summer/Fall

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



Monilophytes (ferns): Leptosporangiate Ferns (true ferns): Schizaeales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (5/21/15):
Lygodium microphyllum   FAMILY Lygodiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Lygodium microphyllum   FAMILY Lygodiaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Old World Climbing Fern, Small-leaf Climbing Fern


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Chong Pott Ken, reproduced from C.E. DeVol for Flora of China    foci_2_3_0154

        

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USDA Agricultural Research Service Archive, Bugwood.org    bug_0002128

Month Unknown        

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Peggy Greb, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Bugwood.org    bug_1355005

Month Unknown        

May climb to a height of 9 meters in trees or form thick mats at ground level, per Flora of North America.

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Amy Ferriter, State of Idaho, Bugwood.org    bug_1461102

Month Unknown        

Spore-bearing pinnae have lobed edges which are often curled under, per Invasive Plants, Guide to Identification, Impacts and Control.

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Peggy Greb, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Bugwood.org    bug_2308086

Month Unknown        

Pinnae are 1-pinnate [here, a sterile pinna on left, fertile pinna on right], per Flora of North America.

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Tony Pernas, USDI National Park Service, Bugwood.org    bug_5275063

Month Unknown