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Old World Climbing Fern: Lygodium microphyllum

May contain: plant and vine
Old world climbing fern

Old world climbing fern is very similar to the Japanese climbing fern in its habit and highly invasive nature. The leaves are slightly different in shape, having a smooth rather than lobed edge and is found often in cypress swamps. Both species form a fire ladder allowing forest fire to reach the more vulnerable branches above. It is distinguishable by its winding tangled rachis (stem).

Eradication: Control of this fern is similar to the Japanese fern. Prescribed burning can help, but does not eliminate it altogether. Early discovery and eradication are crucial.