Two non-native, invasive species of climbing ferns are known from Florida. In north Florida, Japanese climbing fern (Lygodium japonicum) is most invasive. In south Florida, Old World climbing fern (Lygodium microphyllum) is most invasive. Both species grow into the canopy of trees, often form dense ground cover eliminating most native vegetation, and thrive in mesic or hydric soils. It is in the central Florida region where both species occur together possibly making management of these invasive plants more difficult.
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