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A bromeliad plant (Tillandsia usneoides) that is epiphytic on trees from the southern United States to Argentina, having greenish-gray stems and leaves that droop in long matted clusters.
nAlso called: long moss
1. (Plants) an epiphytic bromeliaceous plant, Tillandsia usneoides, growing in tropical and subtropical regions as long bluish-grey strands suspended from the branches of trees
2. (Plants) a tropical lichen, Usnea longissima, growing as long trailing green threads from the branches of trees
an epiphytic plant, Tillandsia usneoides, of the pineapple family, with narrow, drooping gray leaves, growing in long strands over trees, esp. in the southeastern U.S.
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|Noun||1.||Spanish moss - dense festoons of greenish-grey hairlike flexuous strands anchored to tree trunks and branches by sparse wiry roots; southeastern United States and West Indies to South America|
genus Tillandsia, Tillandsia - large genus of epiphytic or terrestrial sparse-rooting tropical plants usually forming dense clumps or pendant masses