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Spanish Moss

What is Spanish Moss? First, it is an epiphyte. An epiphyte is a plant that grows upon another plant and obtains nutrients from the air, rainwater, and organic debris. Unlike parasites, epiphytes often do not harm their hosts and merely use them as a support structure.

Although their flowers are very small, Spanish Moss is a flowering plant or angiosperm that requires a subtropical or tropical environment in order to flourish. They spread vegetatively and via seeds. To me, Spanish Moss is an iconic fixture in the southeastern United States and one of my favorite plants.

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Written by Chris B.

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  1. I always thought trees hanging with Spanish moss looked somehow untidy. Every time I saw one in a film, I wanted to go pull it down and clean the tree up! But the moss must give something back to the tree, or serve some purpose in its ecosystem…

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