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Lygodium microphyllum (Cav.) R. Br.
Small-leaf climbing fern

Family: Lygodiaceae

Group: Pteridophyte

Substrate: Terrestrial

Habit: Vine

Perennation: Perennial

Native Range: Old World; now widely naturalized.

FLEPPC Status: Category I Invasive

SOUTH FLORIDA Occurrence: Present

SOUTH FLORIDA Native Status: Not Native, Naturalized

SOUTH FLORIDA Cultivated Status: Assumed to be Cultivated

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Lygodium microphyllum
Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley

Other data on Lygodium microphyllum available from :
Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants
Lygodium microphyllum has been found in the following 44 conservation areas :
Occurrence Native Status
Allapattah Flats Wildlife Management Area Present Not Native, Naturalized
Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge Present Not Native, Naturalized
Big Cypress National Preserve Present Not Native, Naturalized
Bonair Beach Parcel, Martin County Present Not Native, Naturalized
Caloosahatchee Creeks Preserve Present Not Native, Naturalized
Collier-Seminole State Park Present Not Native, Naturalized
Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem Watershed (CREW) Present Not Native, Naturalized
Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary Present Not Native, Naturalized
Danforth Present Not Native, Naturalized
Daskas Present Not Native, Naturalized
Deering Estate at Cutler Present Not Native, Naturalized
Delray Oaks Natural Area Present Not Native, Naturalized
Doris Davis Forman Wilderness Preserve Present Not Native, Naturalized
Dupuis Reserve Present Not Native, Naturalized
Everglades National Park Present Not Native, Naturalized
Fisheating Creek Wildlife Management Area Present Not Native, Naturalized
Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge Present Not Native, Naturalized
Fred C. Babcock-Cecil M. Webb Wildlife Management Area Present Not Native, Naturalized
Frenchman's Forest Natural Area Present Not Native, Naturalized
Gomez Present Not Native, Naturalized
Grassy Waters Preserve Present Not Native, Naturalized
Halpatiokee Regional Park Present Not Native, Naturalized
Hawk's Hammock Park Present Not Native, Naturalized
Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge Present Not Native, Naturalized
J.W. Corbett Wildlife Management Area Present Not Native, Naturalized
Jonathan Dickinson State Park Present Not Native, Naturalized
Juno Dunes Natural Area Present Not Native, Naturalized
Jupiter Ridge Natural Area Present Not Native, Naturalized
Kiplinger Present Not Native, Naturalized
Loxahatchee River Natural Area Present Not Native, Naturalized
Loxahatchee Slough Natural Area Present Not Native, Naturalized
Milton E. Thompson Park Present Not Native, Naturalized
Pal-Mar Present Not Native, Naturalized
Pal-Mar Natural Area Present Not Native, Naturalized
Peck Lake Park Present Not Native, Naturalized
Picayune Strand State Forest Present Not Native, Naturalized
Prairie Pines Preserve Present Not Native, Naturalized
Royal Palm Beach Pines Natural Area Present Not Native, Naturalized
Savannas Preserve State Park Present Not Native, Naturalized
Scrub Oak Park Present Not Native, Naturalized
Seabranch Preserve State Park Present Not Native, Naturalized
Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve Present Not Native, Naturalized
South Dade Wetlands Present Not Native, Naturalized
Tilton Present Not Native, Naturalized


Lygodium microphyllum has been found in the following 6 counties :
Occurrence Native Status
Broward County Not Native, Naturalized
Collier County Not Native, Naturalized
Hendry County Not Native, Naturalized
Lee County Not Native, Naturalized
Martin County Not Native, Naturalized
Palm Beach County Not Native, Naturalized


Lygodium microphyllum has been found in the following 18 habitats :
Basin Marsh
Baygall
Bayhead
Depression Marsh
Disturbed Wetland
Dome Swamp
Floodplain Forest
Floodplain Marsh
Floodplain Swamp
Freshwater Tidal Swamp
Hydric Hammock
Mesic Flatwoods
Prairie Hammock
Slough
Strand Swamp
Swale
Tidal Marsh
Wet Flatwoods


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Lygodium microphyllum
Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley
Lygodium microphyllum
Copyright by: Mike Rosenthal
Plant naturalized in Palm Beach County, Florida