Spanish Moss - Tillandsia Usneoides

Spanish Moss - Tillandsia usneoides

Common Name: Spanish Moss
Scientific Name:  Tillandsia usneoides
Height: up to 20 ft (up to 6 m)
Span:  up to 3.3 ft (up to 1 m)
Growth Rate:  Fast
Sun Tolerance:  Full Sun
ABP Index: 2.5 (Aesthetics 4.0, Solidarity 1.0)

Spanish moss scientific name is Tillandsia usneoides. It is native to USA. It is an ornamental plant that grows upon larger trees. It is thin and long plant that grows upon larger trees. The plant is long and alternate thin, curved or curly, heavily scaled leaves 2–6 cm (0.79–2.36 in) long and 1 mm (0.039 in) broad, that grow vegetative in chain-like fashion to form hanging structures up to 6 m (20 ft) in length. It absorbs nutrients and water from the air and rain. So it is also known as Air Plant. It grows so fast and sometimes it kills the trees. It 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. So it is also planted commercially. It is also uses to cooling the homes and offices much less expensively than using air conditioners in desert or hot area.

Spanish Moss in home garden

Spanish Moss ornamental

Spanish Moss

Spanish Moss Rear Flower

Spanish Moss in wild

Spanish Moss in wild

Spanish Moss in wild

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