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Ball Moss

Tillandsia recurvata


I have a question about this... In Colombia, mostly in small towns, you can see the street lights are connected by cables, and they always get those gray things that looks like nest, but they are not nests. The look like this

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ceherzog 10 years ago

It is amazing...But if birds can light upon it I guess a Tillandsia can too.

allencraig 10 years ago

You certainly see this all over Mexico, I can attest to that. You would think with the electricity running through the wires nothing would grow there.

ceherzog 11 years ago

Tillandsia recurvata often grows on power lines in Florida...that's what it is, for sure. You can see the flower spikes.

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 11 years ago

Oh too bad about the original. I'm sure you'll probably see them again sometime, right? It probably is Tillandsia, its just adapted to growing in the sunlight.

Carolina 11 years ago

No, I can't. I deleted the original :(

Carolina 11 years ago

I think it is a Tillandsia, I looks more like the link Anna gave me, than my link.

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 11 years ago

Yes, that is a bit of a contradiction. The link you've attached in your notes looks more like a type of Spanish moss. Maybe its something like lichen. Though I still think Tillandsia. Can you get a super zoomed in shot of it?

Carolina 11 years ago

Dan, I have a question. It says it grows well in areas with low light, little airflow, and high humidity, but where I spotted these was hot and a lot of light...

Carolina 11 years ago

I think it is, thank you guys!

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 11 years ago

I was going to suggest some kind of Tillandsia as well.

AnnaWhipkey 11 years ago

maybe ball moss Tillandsia recurvata?

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Valle del Cauca, Colombia

Spotted on Jun 26, 2011
Submitted on Jun 28, 2011

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