From:Mescalero, NM Region: Southwest Topic: Wildflower Center Title: Ball moss (Tallandsia recurvata), epiphyte on oaks at Wildflower Center Answered by: Damon Waitt
I visited your center a couple weeks ago, was very impressed with the educational aspects. I noticed the epiphyte commonly growing in the oak trees, and also on the elm oak. Do you have the name of this plant?
Yes, the epiphyte is not truly a moss even though it is called Ball Moss (Tillandsia recurvata). It is a close cousin to Spanish Moss (Tillandsia usneoides). You can find out more about this member of the pineapple family by clicking here.
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