Craig Ramsey, USDA APHIS PPQ, Bugwood.org

Japanese climbing fern

Lygodium japonicum

Japanese climbing fern (Lygodium japonicum) is an invasive plant. It was first detected in South Carolina in 2006.

Japanese climbing fern is a perennial vine-type fern, reaching up to 90 feet in length. . It can grow so dense that it forms a living 'wall', leading to the elimination of seedlings and other native vegetation.