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Old World climbing fern
Filicopsida > Polypodiales > Lygodiaceae > Lygodium microphyllum (Cav.) R. Br.
Synonym(s): small-leaf climbing fern

Identification, Biology, Control and Management Resources
Biological Control of Invasive Plants in the Eastern United States - USDA Forest Service

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Number:2308086
Description:Underside of spore-bearing leaflets of Old World climbing fern. Some leaflets produce spores; others don't. Spores can be carried by the wind to start new infestations.
Photographer:Peggy Greb, USDA ARS
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Number:2308087
Description:Entomologist Robert Pemberton observes invasive Old World climbing fern overtaking cypress trees in southern Florida.
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Number:2308088
Description:Old World climbing fern growing on cypress trees in southern Florida. The weed forms huge skirts that fires can climb to reach tree tops. Trees without the fern usually survive fire.
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Number:2308089
Description:In the Florida Everglades, Old World climbing fern engulfs a tree island.
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Description:Distribution Map
Source:USDA NRCS, The PLANTS Database, September, 2003

Invasive and Noxious Weed References

  • Invasive Exotic Plant Species of Management Concern, USDA Forest Service, Southern Region, May 18, 2001 - http://www.se-eppc.org/fslist.cfm
  • Florida Noxious Weeds, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
    http://doacs.state.fl.us/~pi/5b-57.htm
Taxonomic Reference
USDA, NRCS. 2002. The PLANTS Database, Version 3.5 (http://plants.usda.gov). National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA.
http://plants.usda.gov/cgi_bin/topics.cgi?earl=plant_profile.cgi&symbol=LYMI

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USDA Forest ServiceUSDA APHIS PPQThe Bugwood Network University of Georgia Bargeron, C.T., D.J. Moorhead, G.K. Douce, R.C. Reardon & A.E. Miller
(Tech. Coordinators). 2003. Invasive Plants of the Eastern U.S.:
Identification and Control. USDA Forest Service - Forest Health
Technology Enterprise Team. Morgantown, WV USA. FHTET-2003-08.