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Lygodium microphyllum

Old World Climbing Fern

  Lygodiaceae
 
Old World Climbing Fern, Small Leaf Climbing Fern , Lygodium microphyllum
 
Old World Climbing Fern, Small Leaf Climbing Fern , Lygodium microphyllum

Lygodium microphyllum Cav. R.Br.

Common Name(s):
Old World Climbing Fern, Small Leaf Climbing Fern

Synonymy:
Lygodium scandens (L.), Ugena microphylla Cav. R.Br.

Species Description:
Old World climbing fern, Lygodium microphyllum, is a large and distinctive ground-to-crown climbing fern species. It has long climbing, stem-like fronds (= leaves) and wiry brown rhizomes. Fronds spread along the ground, overgrow shrubs, and also climb up and overgrow trees and other structures by twining around them. The rhizomes can accumulate to form dense (1 m or more) mats on the ground. The leaflets (pinnules) are of two types: non-reproductive leaflets are unlobed along their margins, and oblong to lanceolate (pointed); reproductive leaflets (see below) have tiny lobes along their margins covering the sporangia

 

 
Old World Climbing Fern, Small Leaf Climbing Fern , Lygodium microphyllum Old World Climbing Fern, Small Leaf Climbing Fern , Lygodium microphyllum

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