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*Lygodium japonicum (Thunberg) Swartz. Japanese Climbing Fern. Phen: Jun-Dec. Hab: Disturbed areas. Dist: Native of e. Asia. Described in Small (1913a) as "escaped from cultivation along roadsides near Thomasville, Georgia".

Origin/Endemic status: E. and se. Asia

Other Comments: The leaves (up to 30 m in length!) climb into the canopy of trees in swamp forests and other wet habitats.

Synonymy: = Ar, ETx1, Fl1, FNA2, K1, K3, K4, RAB, S13, Sf, SFla, Tx, TxFerns, Lin et al (2013); = n/a – C, F

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Wetland Indicator Status:

  • Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain: FAC
  • Eastern Mountains and Piedmont: FAC
  • Great Plains: FACW
  • Northcentral & Northeast: FAC

Heliophily: 5

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image of plant© Alan Cressler: Lygodium japonicum, Flint River Greenway, Albany, Dougherty County, Georgia 2 by Alan Cressler source | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Keith Bradley | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Bruce Sorrie | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Keith Bradley | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Alan Cressler: Lygodium japonicum, Oconee National Forest, Jones County, Georgia 2 by Alan Cressler source | Original Image ⭷

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