Spanish moss


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Spanish moss

n.
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.

Spanish moss

n
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
Also called: long moss

Span′ish moss′


n.
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.
[1815–25, Amer.]
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Noun1.Spanish moss - dense festoons of greenish-grey hairlike flexuous strands anchored to tree trunks and branches by sparse wiry rootsSpanish 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
aerophyte, air plant, epiphyte, epiphytic plant - plant that derives moisture and nutrients from the air and rain; usually grows on another plant but not parasitic on it
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Spanish moss dropped from the gracefully bending limbs, and enormous creepers clambered in riotous profusion from the ground to the loftiest branch, falling in curving loops almost to the water's placid breast.
We begun to come to trees with Spanish moss on them, hanging down from the limbs like long, gray beards.
Oaks of many sorts were veiled in lacy Spanish moss.
Neither is Spanish moss, moss phlox or scotch moss.
He was mesmerized by the mysterious, magnificent setting--the swamps misty in the morning fog, the giant prehistoric reptiles basking along the lake, the ghostly Spanish moss weeping from trees in the dark and tangled forest.
Set against a lush Lowcountry backdrop of Spanish moss, salt marshes, silent oaks, and the pounding sea, "The Hours Between Us" is an artful exploration by an impressively accomplished novelist of the heartbreaking struggles and unbreakable spirits of two extraordinary women.
Gnarly, centuries-old oak trees are draped in eerie shawls of Spanish moss, only 20 miles from where Forrest Gump sat on a bench in a leafy square recounting his life story.
It is constructed of longleaf pine framing with the walls of the oldest part constructed of bousillage--a mixture of mud and Spanish moss.
XXXXXX xxxxxx Xxxx Gnarly, centuries-old oak trees are draped in eerie shawls of Spanish moss, only 20 miles from where Forrest Gump sat on a bench in a leafy square recounting his life story.
The setting of The Hours Between Us is the lavish scenery of the low-country south, with its salt marshes, huge silent oaks, Spanish moss, and the ever-present pounding of the sea.
For seasonal interest, top-dress the bare soil with Spanish moss, lawn moss rake from the garden or fir cones and baubles - the only limitation is your imagination.
FLOW CHART Trailing air plants such as Spanish moss can be hung up, while smaller varieties like tillandsia ionantha can be placed on shelves and desks.