Spanish moss

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Spanish moss,

fibrous grayish-green epiphyteepiphyte
or air plant,
any plant that does not normally root in the soil but grows upon another living plant while remaining independent of it except for support (thus differing from a parasite).
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 (Tillandsia usneoides) that hangs on trees of tropical America and the Southern states, also called Florida, southern, or long moss. It is not a true moss but a member of the pineapple family, and has inconspicuous flowers. It is used for stuffing furniture and as a packing material. Spanish moss is classified in the division MagnoliophytaMagnoliophyta
, division of the plant kingdom consisting of those organisms commonly called the flowering plants, or angiosperms. The angiosperms have leaves, stems, and roots, and vascular, or conducting, tissue (xylem and phloem).
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, class Liliopsida, order Bromeliales, family Bromeliaceae.

Spanish Moss


(Tillandsia usneoides), an epiphytic plant of the Bromeliaceae family, it is found in a region from the south-eastern United States to Argentina and Chile. Spanish moss covers the trunks and branches of trees with gray strands that resemble lichens. The young plant attaches itself to the bark of the tree with its roots. The stems are slender, threadlike, and branching, with subulate leaves. The surface of the plant is covered with scales that serve to absorb dew and rainwater. As the stems grow, their lower parts die; the length of living shoots may be 15-20 m. The flowers are small, and the fruit is a capsule. Most often the plants multiply vegetatively—by pieces of the stem—but they also reproduce by seeds that are covered with hairs and are carried by the wind. The stems of Spanish moss are used for stuffing mattresses, making upholstered furniture, and the like.

Spanish moss

silvery gray plant whose threadlike fronds hang from trees in the South. [Am. Culture: EB, IX: 400–401]
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The property owners said in their complaint that when government intrudes on private property and does not pay for it, plans for the construction of the Spanish Moss Trail on the property amount to an inverse condemnation.
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YOU WILL NEED: * Empty 2-liter bottle * Marker * Ruler * Scissors * Small stones or gravel * Activated charcoal (sold in pet stores near fish supplies) * Peat moss, Spanish moss, or a piece of screen or cheesecloth * Potting soil * Seeds and/or small plants * Tape (optional) DIRECTIONS: 1.
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Spanish moss, which adorns many trees in the Southeastern United States, is neither from Spain nor a moss.
Pale green Spanish moss hangs from the ceiling; this epiphyte lives on air and its host plant alone and can be used as packing material.
The giant oaks, Spanish moss and wonderful plantations of Charleston were truly a feast for the soul.
in the streets, dressed in Spanish moss or wrapped in the skin of a
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Early observational studies suggested Seminole bats roosted primarily in Spanish moss (Tillandsia usneoides) and its distribution was believed to coincide with the range of this plant (Constantine, 1958; Barbour and Davis, 1969; Wilkins, 1987).