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Spanish Moss

Flower
Family Bromeliaceae
Name Tillandsia usneoides
Common Name Spanish Moss
Etymology
Tillandsia Named after Elias Tillands, 17th century Swedish botanist known more for his fear of bodies of water than botany, referring to the plant's lack of need for water.
usneoides From the Genus Usnea, old man's beard lichen.

  See also:  Ornamentals

This air plant from South America does not have any roots. Instead, it absorbs all the water and nutrients it needs through its leaves. Related to the pineapple, it bears no resemblence to its relation. Instead its growth habbit is like an old man's beard lichen (Usnea Spp.).



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