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Spanish moss

Tillandsia usneoides


This moss grows in the native oak trees here in Central Texas. As the sun was setting tonight, these balls of moss just glowed and I had to try to capture it.

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Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 9 years ago

Hi Karen, maybe you'll like this photo:

KarenL 9 years ago

I love spanish moss - reminds me of all the gothic images of the south in the old vampire movies!
The relationship between the tree & the moss is not a mutualistic one; While it rarely kills the trees, it lowers their growth rate by reducing the amount of light to a tree's own leaves. It also increases wind resistance, which can prove fatal to the host tree in a hurricane.

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Cedar Park, Texas

Spotted on Dec 30, 2011
Submitted on Dec 30, 2011

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