Lygodium Sw.

First published in J. Bot. (Schrader) 1800(2): 7, 106 (1801)
This genus is accepted
The native range of this genus is Tropics & Subtropics to E. U.S.A.


Native to:

Alabama, Andaman Is., Angola, Argentina Northeast, Assam, Bangladesh, Belize, Benin, Bismarck Archipelago, Bolivia, Borneo, Brazil North, Brazil Northeast, Brazil South, Brazil Southeast, Brazil West-Central, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Caroline Is., Central African Repu, Chad, China North-Central, China South-Central, China Southeast, Colombia, Comoros, Connecticut, Costa Rica, Cuba, Delaware, Dominican Republic, East Himalaya, Ecuador, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Fiji, Florida, French Guiana, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Gulf of Guinea Is., Guyana, Hainan, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indiana, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Japan, Jawa, Kentucky, Kenya, Korea, KwaZulu-Natal, Laos, Leeward Is., Lesser Sunda Is., Liberia, Line Is., Madagascar, Malaya, Mali, Maluku, Marianas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mauritius, Mexico Central, Mexico Gulf, Mexico Northeast, Mexico Northwest, Mexico Southeast, Mexico Southwest, Michigan, Mississippi, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nansei-shoto, Nepal, Netherlands Antilles, New Caledonia, New Guinea, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New South Wales, New York, New Zealand North, Nicaragua, Nicobar Is., Nigeria, North Carolina, Northern Provinces, Northern Territory, Ohio, Pakistan, Panamá, Paraguay, Pennsylvania, Peru, Philippines, Queensland, Rhode I., Santa Cruz Is., Senegal, Sierra Leone, Society Is., Solomon Is., South Carolina, Sri Lanka, Sulawesi, Sumatera, Suriname, Swaziland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Tennessee, Thailand, Tibet, Trinidad-Tobago, Uganda, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Venezuelan Antilles, Vermont, Vietnam, Virginia, West Himalaya, West Virginia, Western Australia, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

Introduced into:

Arkansas, Cape Provinces, Hawaii, Louisiana, Missouri, Puerto Rico, Texas


Homotypic Synonyms

Heterotypic Synonyms

POWO follows these authorities in accepting this name:

  • Balkrishna, A., Joshi, B., Sribastava, A., Shankar, R. & Shukla, B.K. (2019). Classification of extant Pteridophytes: a new approach. Indian Fern Journal 36: 311-341.
  • Roskov Y. & al. (eds.) (2018). World Ferns: Checklist of Ferns and Lycophytes of the World. Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life Naturalis, Leiden, the Netherlands.

Other Data

Other Kew resources that provide information on this taxon:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status Has image?
Mar 1, 2019 Yapp, R.H. [88A], Malaysia K000409565 No
Mar 1, 2019 Yapp, R.H. [270], Malaysia K000409567 No
Mar 1, 2019 Yapp, R.H. [88A], Malaysia K000409566 No
Yapp, R.H. [42], Malaysia K000409559 No
Anonymous [s.n.], Malaysia K000409564 No
Jermy, A. [8036], Papua New Guinea K000445041 No
Yapp, R.H. [42], Malaysia K000409562 No
Yapp, R.H. [42], Malaysia K000409560 No
Yapp, R.H. [42], Malaysia K000409561 No
Yapp, R.H. [42], Malaysia K000409563 No


  • Herbarium Catalogue Specimens

  • Kew Backbone Distributions

    • The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants 2023. Published on the Internet at and
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  • Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone

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