I love looking at the trees with Spanish moss. It means I’m getting to more humid and warm area’s. As you can see from the picture not only do I like looking at it, I like the feeling on my body. Hope you enjoy the picture and I’ve included a few facts below on it.
Spanish moss (Tillandsia usneoides) is a flowering plant that grows upon larger trees, commonly the Southern Live Oak or Bald Cypres in the southeastern United States.
Spanish moss is an epiphyte which absorbs nutrients (especially calcium) and water from the air and rainfall. Spanish moss is colloquially known as “air plant”.
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.
Spanish moss with open seed capsule in Santee National Wildlife Refuge, South Carolina.
Due to its propensity for growing in humid southern locales like Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida, Eastern North Carolina, southeastern Virginia, South Carolina, east and south Texas, and Alabama, the plant is often associated with Southern Gothic imagery.
Spanish moss has been used for various purposes, including building insulation, mulch, packing material, mattress stuffing, and fiber. In the early 1900s it was used commercially in the padding of car seats. In 1939 over 10,000 tons of processed Spanish moss was produced. It is still collected today in smaller quantities for use in arts and crafts, or for beddings for flower gardens, and as an ingredient in the traditional wall covering material bousillage.
Spanish moss is also known to have been worn by the women of the Timucua Indian tribe.
It is also used by some as the filling for traditional voodoo dolls.