Spanish Moss

 

Neither Spanish nor a moss Spanish Moss is a flowering plant that is a member of the pineapple (bromeliad) plant family. Spanish Moss is an epiphyte, more commonly called an air plant, that uses trees for support. Air plants are rootless plants, growing on oaks and other trees, that use the scales on their leaves and stems to absorb water, dust, and nutrient particles from the air. An important wildlife plant, several species of bats and songbirds build their nest inside clumps of this moss while other birds gather the moss for nesting material.

Latin Name: Tillandsia Usneoides

Habitat: Pine Flatwoods, Oak Hammock, Swamp