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Lygodium palmatum (American climbing fern)
Cressler, Alan

Lygodium palmatum

Lygodium palmatum (Bernh.) Sw.

American Climbing Fern, Hartford Fern, Creeping Fern, Windsor Fern

Lygodiaceae (Climbing Fern Family)


USDA Symbol: LYPA3

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Fern
Leaf Complexity: Palmate
Leaf Margin: Lobed
Size Class: 6-12 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Not Applicable
Bloom Notes: Not a flowering plant. Reproduces by spores.


USA: AL , CT , DE , FL , GA , ID , KS , KY , MA , MD , MI , MS , NC , NH , NJ , NY , OH , PA , RI , SC , TN , VA , VT , WV
Native Habitat: Poorly drained, acidic soils, especially after disturbance.

National Wetland Indicator Status

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Mt. Cuba Center - Hockessin, DE

Additional resources

USDA: Find Lygodium palmatum in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Lygodium palmatum in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Lygodium palmatum


Record Modified: 2014-09-10
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