Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Fern/Fern ally, Vine
Perennial

Non-native: east Asia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Rare outside of Coastal Plain & north of SC

Look for it in disturbed areas, the leaves (up to 30 m in length!) climbing into the canopy of trees in swamp forests and other wet habitats, 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:

Alabama Invasive Plant Council, 2012
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Georgia Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2006
SC Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2014
Tennessee Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2009
US Fish & Wildlife Service
US Forest Service Southern Research Station

 

LEAVES:
Deciduous in our area
Leaves to 30m long, pinnae stalked and pinnately divided

FRUIT:
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 japonicum   FAMILY Lygodiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Lygodium japonicum   FAMILY Lygodiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 008-01-002:
Lygodium japonicum   FAMILY Schizaeaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Japanese Climbing Fern