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Spanish Moss Flowers

Tillandsia usneoides (Spanish Moss Flowers). Gainesville, Florida. 2012. Bromeliaceae (Bromeliad family).

These green flowers are very tiny, as you can tell from the yellow pollen specks on the petals. The plant is not a parasite, contrary to popular belief. It is also not a moss. Spanish Moss is a type of Bromeliad, and is an epiphyte (also called an "air plant" ) that obtains its nutrients from the rain and air and is related to Pineapple. It grows on trees in the SE United States, in long, hairy clumps.

The fiber from Spanish Moss was used historically to weave clothing, twist cordage, and as stuffing for mattresses and car seats.

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