Spanish Moss:
Thoughts of Ghostly Apparitions

By William T. Hathaway

Spanish Moss (Tillandsia usneoides)

Piedmont citizens are often fascinated when they run across a location with festoons of Spanish Moss (Tillandsia usneoides) clinging from trees and shrubs. This type of floral embellishment often brings to mind thoughts of ghostly apparitions. At least, one is reminded that he is likely on the coastal plain and not still in the piedmont region.

One of my most disappointing experiences occurred when I managed to get a conveniently close-up photo of one of the little yellow flowers surrounded by the ashen-gray, scurfy leaves that were disposed in curled, overhanging clusters. Lo and behold, my close-up photo was not-to-be; my film unrolled accidentally when removed from the camera case.


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