Origin: eastern Asia
Impacts: Japanese Climbing Fern grows quickly and
densely over native shrubs and trees, shading and killing
It tends to spread along highways, into open forests, and
along stream margins. It can increase in cover to form mats
that completely cover native vegetation. Its spores are rapidly
dispersed by wind.
As with most exotics, removal must be accomplished by hand,
which is expensive and time consuming.
Photo courtesy of South Florida Water Management District