Spanish moss seen in the late afternoon light at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA). From the University of Florida Institute of Food & Agricultural Sciences: Despite its name, Spanish moss is not a moss but a bromeliad — a perennial herb in the pineapple family. Most bromeliads, including Spanish moss, are epiphytes. Epiphytes grow on other plants, but do not rely on them for nutrients. They take nutrients from the air and debris that collects on the plant. Spanish […]
Spanish Moss along the trail at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA). The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences reports that Spanish Moss is not a moss but a bromeliad. An epiphyte that grows on others plants without relying on them for nutrients, rather taking their moisture and other nutrients from the air and detritus that comes near it. And contrary to popular belief, Spanish Moss is harmless to the plant it is growing on.