small ballmoss

Tillandsia recurvata

Summary 2

Tillandsia recurvata, commonly known as small ballmoss or ball moss, is a flowering plant (not a true moss) in the family Bromeliaceae that grows upon larger host plants. It grows well in areas with low light, little airflow, and high humidity, which is commonly provided by southern shade trees, often the southern live oak (Quercus virginiana). It is not a parasite like mistletoe, but an epiphyte like its relative Spanish moss.

Occurance in Palm Beach County 3

Second to Spanish moss (Tillandsia usneoides) in commonness. Seemingly removed less often than Spanish moss by landscapers so may be more common in some parks and commercial areas.

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  1. (c) Pepe Paulín, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC), https://www.inaturalist.org/photos/13936314
  2. Adapted by Jessica Flynn from a work by (c) Wikipedia, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tillandsia_recurvata
  3. (c) Jessica Flynn, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA)

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