Climbing-maidenhair fern

Lygodium microphyllum

Lygodium microphyllum
Underside of spore-bearing leaflets, some leaflets produce spores; others don't.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Pteridophyta
Class: Pteridopsida
Order: Schizaeales
Family: Lygodiaceae
Genus: Lygodium
Species: L. microphyllum
Binomial name
Lygodium microphyllum
(Cav.) R.Br.
  • Lygodium scandens auct.
  • L. scandens (L.) Sw.
  • L. scandens var. intermedium Ces.
  • L. scandens var. microphyllum
  • Ophioglossum filiforme Roxb.
  • Ugena microphylla Cav. (basionym)

Lygodium microphyllum (commonly known as, variously, climbing maidenhair fern, Old World climbing fern, small-leaf climbing fern, or snake fern) is a climbing fern originating in tropical Africa, South East Asia, Melanesia and Australia. It is an invasive weed in the US States of Florida and Alabama where it invades open forest and wetland areas. The type specimen was collected in the vicinity of Nabúa, on the Island of Luzon in the Philippines by Luis Née.



Lygodium microphyllum has been used locally in folk medicine to treat skin ailments, swelling and dysentery.


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