Lygodium flexuosum (L.) Sw., J. Bot. (Schrader) 1800(2): 106 106 1801. (syn: Hydroglossum elegans Steud. ; Hydroglossum flexuosum (L.) Willd.Hydroglossum microstachyum Steud.Hydroglossum pinnatifidum Willd.Hydroglossum scandens (L.) Willd.Hydroglossum semipinnatum Poir.Lygodium elegans Desv.Lygodium maculatum BoryLygodium meyenianum C.PreslLygodium pilosum Desv.Lygodium pinnatifidum Sw.Lygodium polymorphum (Cav.) KunthLygodium pubescens Wall.Lygodium rottlerianum C.PreslLygodium scandens (L.) Sw.Lygodium semibipinnatum R.Br.Lygodium serrulatum BlumeLygodium tenue C.PreslOdontopteris scandens (L.) Bernh. ; Ophioglossum flexuosum L.Ophioglossum scandens L. ; Ramondia flexuosa (L.) Mirb.; Ramondia scandens (L.) Mirb.Ugena polymorpha Cav. ); 
Tropical & Subtropical Asia to N. Australia: Andaman Is., Assam, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China South-Central, China Southeast, East Himalaya, Hainan, India, Laos, Lesser Sunda Is., Malaya, Maluku, Myanmar, Nansei-shoto, Nepal, New Guinea, Northern Territory, Philippines, Queensland, Sri Lanka, Sulawesi, Thailand, Vietnam, West Himalaya, Western Australia as per POWO;
maidenhair creeper;


Climbing Fern- Lygodiaceae?:
Photo taken in Devarayanadurga reserve forest, 60km from Bangalore.
a very strange sighting for me.. seeing climbing fern for the first time! notice the sori along the leaf margin..
id help requested

This looks like Lygodium flexosum. Will send my photographs of this later.

Lygodium flexosum

These are some of mine.

Yes Ligodium flexosum.
A very good green medicine for treating burned skin.


… introduced me to a plant, Lygodium, in Shibpur Botanical Garden (BSI, Howrah). Yesterday i found a similar looking fern under a bamboo thicket. Darkness prevented me get good quality pics.
Species : Lygodium japonicum (Thunb.) Sw. ?
similar species : Lygodium flexuosum (L.) Sw.
H & H : trailer under shady bamboo thicket
Date : 24/10/12, 9.25 a.m.
Place : Hooghly
sites :

Lygodium palmatum in N. America –

To me all these are same and most likely Lygodium flexuosum.

It is lygodium flexuosum

both L. japonicum and L. flexuosum grow at the Subash Chandra Boase Botanical Garden – I mean the I.B.G., Calcutta. But your photos are flexuosum, I reckon.

The plant is Lygodium flexuosum. But, the name of the garden refered to by … is perhaps not Subhas Chandra Bose Garden, it is Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Indian Botanic Garden (Sir, it is a mix up between names of two famous luminaries of India- both bengalee).
In our part (Barak Valley) three species of lygodium is found. In addition to the two species mentioned by … there is an unique species Lygodium polystachum which is having a very restricted distribution. Oh! it is such a beautiful fern!

Silly me! I thought the two Boses were both the same person all these years! I had just thought he was a man of exceedingly varied talents and interests! I stand corrected – and thanks! It was easier just to call it the Indian Botanic Garden – maybe in 10 years it will become Mamata’s garden! Same renaming goes on in modern Britain too sometimes – just as long as we never get any “Blair Streets”, I hope!!
Yes, L. polystachyum occurs in Manipur, too – though rare there, I didn’t know it got into Assam, perhaps near to Manipur side? It is indeed a remarkable species with its deeply lobed “pinnules” – I have seen it in the field only in Thailand and Myanmar. Can one cultivate it? – it would look splendid in any garden.
Presumably the two further species in Assam (and West Bengal plains) are L. microphyllum, common in the wet areas, with small, shorter, cordate-based segments, and L. salicifolium – the latter rather near flexuosum, but without the long basal lobes in most pinnae, and a having consistently swollen junctions at the segment bases where the ultimate segments absciss and fall off in old fronds, leaving only the branched leaflet-stalks. L. salicifolium is often overlooked, but is a perfectly distinct species.
L. altum is another species in the area, with toothed and long segments, but I find it hard to separate from L. longifolium – if, indeed it is a separate species. Dixit & Panigrahi’s account of the genus was generally pretty good, though they mistakenly reported L. mearnsii – then Holttum’s account for Flora Malesiana is very helpful.


Saw this fern climbing on another tree in Pali, Maharashtra on 23/11/12. Except these two pictures, I’ve no more details to add.
I was told its some Climbing Fern.

It might be Lygodium japonicum

On searching the net, the leaves look similar.

Lygodium flexuosum it is.

Lygodium flexuosum (L.)Sw (maidenhair creeper)

Lygodium flexuosum.

Requesting ID confirmation of this climber with peculiar leaves – Mumbai :: 17092013 :: ARK-01 :: September 2013 :  Attachments (5). 4 posts by 2 authors.
Requesting to please confirm the ID of this climber with peculiar leaves (Lygodium flexuossum) captured at SGNP, Mumbai in September 2013.

Affirmative. This is Lygodium flesuossum. Please check the archives of this group for my photographs of this.

Lygodium flexuosum to be precise. Please check this link : efi thread


Identity of a Plant 230916 VV2 : 5 posts by 2 authors.
Location : Palakad, Kerala
Date : 28/07/2016
Habit : Climber
Habitat : Wild

Lygodium flexuosum, I guess.

Yes, it is indeed L. flexuosum.

Tamhini ghat near Pune, MH :: Lygodium flexuosum :: ARK2019-70 : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (4)
This vine was seen by the roadside near Tamhini ghat near Pune, MH in Aug 2019.
I guess this is Lygodium flexuosum.

Lygodium flexuosum.

which both DRS Khullar and Chris Frazer-Jenkins and Professor Mrinal Kanti Bhattacharya of Karimganj Assam

ID request_climber_Nagla block_SGNP Mumbai : 11 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (2) Need help for Identification of this climber with peculiar leaves.
Place: Nagla block forest, Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Dahisar, Mumbai.
Date: 29-December 2019

Image quality is not so good!

I think it is some climbing fern.

Attaching resized copies.

Please check Lygodium flexuosum.

Thank you. …!!
Searched on web and got interesting information on India Biodiversity Portal:
‘Tribal say if we cross or touch this climber we forget the route in forest so called ‘Bhoolan bel”

Can you post the original image for checking more details ?

Attachments (1)- 4 mb.

Attachments (1)- 4 mb.

Lygodium flexuosum – very common, often used to twist into ropes in country houses – to carry fodder bundles. There must be a lot of lost tribals wondering around looking for the way home over there!


Fern for id ? Lygodium flexuosum: 6 images.
Date- 10 Feb 22

Location: southern western ghats of Maharashtra – (Near Amboli) on banks of stream.
Habitus: creeper. 
Rhizome – thin,erect. 
sterile fronds- Secondary pinnae narrowly ovate to oblong or palmate

Check Lygodium flxuosum

Definitely Lygodium flexuosum including a juvenile leaf and adult ones

? Lygodium flexuosum ?? microphyllum: 3 images.
date: Feb 22

Location: north goa, near water canal.
Habitus- climber. height- 60cm
Is it L. flexuosum : – as per keys:
 Stalk of pinnule of similar length along pinnae – L. microphyllum.
Stalks of pinnules decreasing in length towards pinna apex; pinnules non-articulated at base, persistent – L. flexuosum

Tiny baby Lygodium flexuosum. Not useful to collect or photograph. Go for adult plants. Incidentally why “Habitus” – which is in Latin (but then not Locus for the place)? I’d just say Habit?

?Lygodium flexuossum:
additional photo

Too little material shown in photo. L. flexuosum again




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