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Climbing Vine Fern (Microgramma heterophylla)

Photo Credit: Keith Bradley
  • Global Rank: G4 - Apparently Secure
  • Legal Status: N/A
  • Family: Polypodiaceae
  • State: FL
  • Nature Serve ID: 137609
  • Date Inducted in National Collection:

A tiny, epiphytic fern with 1/2" inch, finger-shaped fronds. Also called the climbing vine fern, this plant grows on smooth-barked trees or in tropical hammocks, growing on logs and rock. Microgramma heterophylla is a native to the dockland hammocks of South Florida where its habitat is threatened by exotic invasive plants, development and poaching for the plant trade.

Where is Climbing Vine Fern (Microgramma heterophylla) located in the wild?

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Climbing Vine Fern can be found in Florida

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Conservation Actions

Nature Serve Biotics
  • 05/02/2017

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Taxon Microgramma heterophylla
Authority (L.) Wherry
Family Polypodiaceae
CPC Number 44745
ITIS 17598
Common Names Larimer aletes | climbing vine fern | Larimer | clinging snakefern
Associated Scientific Names Polypodium heterophyllum | Microgramma heterophylla | Craspedaria heterophylla | Microsorum heterophyllum
State Rank
State State Rank
Florida S2
Ecological Relationships

Lead Institution State Reintroduction Type Year of First Outplanting
Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden Florida Reinforcement 2014

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