Paper bark tree (Melaleuca quinquenervia), Old World climbing fern
(Lygodium microphyllum), and downy rose myrtle (Rhodomyrtus tomentosa) are all native to Asia and highly invasive in Florida and Hawaii.
(Old World climbing fern
; Lygodiaceae) is native to the tropics of Africa, Asia, Australia, and the Pacific Islands.
That vine is Old World climbing fern
(Lygodium microphyllum)," a non-native that has become established in South Florida and poses significant threat to native habitats," said biologist Tony Pernas, of Big Cypress National Preserve.
Florida has become infamous for the invasive species that have made a home there: Giant Burmese pythons, Old World climbing fern
, and spiky, zebra-striped lionfish plague the state's land and waters.
Today, from suburban backyards to remote locations in the Everglades, the Old World climbing fern
(Lygodium microphyllum) infests some 100,000 acres in south Florida.
South Florida has a long history of success with invasive plant species, but the Old World climbing fern
(lygodium) is different--and deadlier, officials say.
Establishment of an imported natural enemy, Neomusotima conspurcatalis (Lepidoptera: Crambidae) against an invasive weed, Old World climbing fern
, Lygodium microphyllum, in Florida.
For more than 12 years, ARS scientists and cooperators have been on a quest to control Old World climbing fern
, one of the most invasive plants in all of Florida and a large threat to the prized Florida Everglades.
Limited field establishment of a weed biocontrol agent, Floracarus perrepae (Acariformes: Eriophyidae), against Old World climbing fern
in Florida--A possible role of mite resistant plant genotypes.
These small, tan-colored mites are, the scientists' studies have shown, top candidates for the big job of fighting Old World climbing fern
This agent readily established populations in Old World climbing fern
stands after its introduction in early 2008.
camptozonale is the first insect exported to the United States for possible use in combating Old World climbing fern
, according to Goolsby.