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Japanese Climbing Fern

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Japanese climbing fern
Scientific Name:
Lygodium japonicum (Thunb. ex Murr.) Sw. (ITIS)
Ophioglossum japonicum (Fuchs 1960)
Common Name:
Japanese climbing fern
Japanese climbing fern - Photo by Chris Evans; University of Illinois
Native To:
Asia and Australia (Leichty et al. 2011)
Date of U.S. Introduction:
Early 1900s (Leichty et al. 2011)
Means of Introduction:
Introduced as an ornamental (Leichty et al. 2011)
Smothers native vegetation by blocking sunlight and increases fire risk by allowing fire to spread up trees along its vines (Minogue et al. 2009)
Current U.S. Distribution:
Southeastern U.S., Hawaii

Distribution/Maps/Survey Status



Selected Resources

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IUCN. Species Survival Commission. Invasive Species Specialist Group.
University of Georgia. Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health.
USDA. FS. Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry.

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Galveston Bay Estuary Program; Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC).

Federal Government

USDA. FS. Rocky Mountain Research Station. Fire Sciences Laboratory.
USDA. NRCS. National Plant Data Center.
USDA. ARS. National Genetic Resources Program. GRIN-Global.

State and Local Government

Alabama Forestry Commission.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.


Texas A&M University. Texas Forest Service.
See also: Texas Forestry Association's "Dirty Dozen" (scroll to view) for more fact sheetss
University of Florida. IFAS. Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants.