Lygodium microphyllum (Cav.) R. Br. (ITIS)
Old World climbing fern, small leaf climbing fern
Lygodium scandens (Pemberton 1998)
Africa, Australia, and southeast Asia (Pemberton et al. 2002)
First found naturalized in the 1960s (Langeland and Hutchinson 2016)
Introduced as an ornamental (Pemberton et al. 2002)
Smothers native vegetation and increases fire risk by allowing fire to spread up trees along its vines (Langeland and Hutchinson 2016)
Distribution / Maps / Survey Status
The section below contains highly relevant resources for this species, organized by source.
Council or Task Force
State and Local Government
Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Lygodium microphyllum. [Accessed Sep 21, 2023].
Langeland, K.A. and J. Hutchinson. 2016. Natural Area Weeds: Old World Climbing Fern (Lygodium microphyllum). University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension. Electronic Data Information Source Publication #SS-AGR-21.
Pemberton, R.W. 1998. The potential of biological control to manage Old World climbing fern (Lygodium microphyllum), an invasive weed in Florida. American Fern Journal 88(4):176-182.
Pemberton, R.W., J.A. Goolsby, and T. Wright. 2002. 10. Old World Climbing Fern. In: R. Van Driesche et al. (Eds.), Biological control of invasive plants in the eastern United States (FHTET-2002-04). Morgantown, West Virginia: U.S. Forest Service Forest Health Technology Enterprise Team.