Everglades National Park

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Spanish Moss, Everglades National Park, Florida- click to see full size image
In this photo you can see light colored Spanish Moss (Florida Moss) hanging from the branches of a tree. Due to the dry season when this photo was taken, the Spanish moss is looking a bit gray-white and dry. Spanish moss is also a epiphyte, which means that it does not attack its host plant for food. Sometimes called an air plant, Spanish Moss does not have any roots. It attaches to branches of other plants using stems. The stems form a tangled mass which hangs down from the branches of the host tree and collect moisture from the air. In this photo you can also see a couple of Cardinal Wildpines growing on the same branch.

 


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