Spanish Moss

Spanish Moss growing on trees is a typical sight in and around Wilmington, NC. Spanish Moss is a lacy, beautiful romantic image that symbolizes the south. It grows in the humid, coastal areas of the southeastern United States. It is neither a parasite, nor a true moss, but an air plant.This iconic plant is in the Bromeliad family, which also includes pineapples. It live entirely above ground and relies on other plants, usually trees, for its aerial roots. Although Spanish moss is not parasitic, it can still hurt the trees. If the mats become well-developed, they can cut off the supply of light to the host tree, making it difficult for the tree to photosynthesize. Large mats of Spanish moss will also build wind resistance, making trees less likely to survive high winds.

This photo was chosen for Macro Monday.

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8 comments on “Spanish Moss”

  1. Very beautiful and informative, too. I did not know that it was a bromeliad! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Wow that’s incredible! I love your shot and your tutorial.
    Jessie at Blog Schmog

  3. Oh I have always adored Spanish moss! What a great shot!! I didn’t know it grew that far North!! Saraj

  4. Wow, I really this picture!

  5. That’s definitely a great shot!

  6. I have never seen Spanish Moss, only read about it. Interesting to read more, and even better to see a great close up! Thanks! 🙂

  7. Beautiful photo of one of my favourite subjects. It seems to grow almost everywhere!

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