Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


881

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

map
To see a detailed map, click here


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


Click or hover over the thumbnails to see larger pictures.

image of Lygodium japonicum

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide    pnd_lyja_003_lvd

        

image of Lygodium japonicum

JK Marlow    jkm160103_112

January    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

image of Lygodium japonicum

JK Marlow    jkm160103_115

January    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

image of Lygodium japonicum

JK Marlow    jkm160103_118

January    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

Sporangia in double rows on marginal fingerlike lobes of fertile pinnules, per Field Guide to the Ferns and Other Pteridophytes of Georgia.

image of Lygodium japonicum

JK Marlow    jkm160103_120

January    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

image of Lygodium japonicum

JK Marlow    jkm170527_152

May    McCormick County    SC

image of Lygodium japonicum

JK Marlow    jkm140625_405

June    Greenville County    SC

Cleveland Park

image of Lygodium japonicum

JK Marlow    jkm140625_406

June    Greenville County    SC

Cleveland Park

image of Lygodium japonicum

JK Marlow    jkm140625_407

June    Greenville County    SC

Cleveland Park

image of Lygodium japonicum

Keith Bradley    kab_l_japonicum_1190

June    Leon County    FL

image of Lygodium japonicum

JK Marlow    jkm080713_023

July    Richmond County    GA

Augusta Historic Canal

image of Lygodium japonicum

JK Marlow    s040720_c

July    Abbeville County    SC

Long-triangular pinnately divided segments of sterile pinnae on lower blade, per Field Guide to the Ferns and Other Pteridophytes of Georgia.

image of Lygodium japonicum

Keith Bradley    kab_l_japonicum_3180

November    Richland County    SC

Three Rivers Greenway

image of Lygodium japonicum

JK Marlow    s071129_b

November    Pickens County    SC

image of Lygodium japonicum

JK Marlow    s071129_c

November    Pickens County    SC

Fingerlike projections around the margins bear sporangia, per Nonnative Invasive Plants of Southern Forests.

image of Lygodium japonicum

JK Marlow    s071129_d

November    Pickens County    SC

Fertile pinnae on upper part of blade have more & usually smaller segments, per Field Guide to the Ferns and Other Pteridophytes of Georgia.

image of Lygodium japonicum

JK Marlow    s071129_e

November    Pickens County    SC