Nov 29 2011

Quiz: What Plant?

Published by at 7:00 am under Plants,Quiz

I discussed epiphytes a couple of days ago because I wanted to use this beautiful photo as a quiz. 

Though this looks like an artistic squiggle it's actually a close-up of a plant. 

Here are some hints to its identity:

  • It's an epiphyte.
  • It's native to the southeastern U.S. where the climate is warm with high humidity.
  • It has tiny inconspicuous flowers.  (As many times as I've seen this plant I've never noticed any flowers.)
  • Its leaves are alternate, thin, heavily scaled and curved.  These are its leaves. 
  • The leaves appear to form long chains.
  • Big hint: It's commonly found hanging from southern live oaks and bald cypress trees.

Can you guess what it is?

Leave a comment with your answer.

(photo by Ernest V. More in the public domain on Wikimedia Commons)

11 responses so far

11 Responses to “Quiz: What Plant?”

  1. Donnaon 29 Nov 2011 at 7:20 am

    Spanish moss?

  2. Bill Parkeron 29 Nov 2011 at 7:25 am

    It was used to stuff upholstered furniture.

  3. deniseon 29 Nov 2011 at 7:48 am

    spanish moss?

  4. Kathy McCharenon 29 Nov 2011 at 8:32 am

    From all the clues, my guess is Spanish moss…there’s a lot of it in Tallahassee!

  5. Chuck Tagueon 29 Nov 2011 at 8:42 am

    It’s not a moss.

    Nor is it Spanish.

  6. Leahon 29 Nov 2011 at 8:50 am

    I’m just throwing a shot in the dark without any research: Spanish Moss?

  7. Peggyon 29 Nov 2011 at 9:11 am

    Spanish moss

  8. Kate St. Johnon 29 Nov 2011 at 9:47 am

    Cool! Everyone was right. Maybe my hints were too easy. 😉

  9. Mary Ann Pikeon 29 Nov 2011 at 9:56 am

    Its common name is Spanish Moss, although it is not a moss. It is actually in the Bromeliad family…doesn’t look much like a pineapple (another bromeliad) does it?

    There is a plant that grows on the trees in Alaska called Old Man’s Beard that reminds me of Spanish Moss, but it’s actually a lichen.

  10. Kathyon 29 Nov 2011 at 10:17 am

    The last clue was the clincher….hanging from southern oak trees.

  11. Nannie Underwoodon 29 Nov 2011 at 10:56 am

    Spanish moss was used all kinds of ways. Dried, it was stuffed into mattresses and pillows, made into play-dolls, used as packing material, and mixed with mud to make walls of old cabins. But it had to be dried first! Still today you can see fences and clotheslines draped with spanish moss drying. When dry, it’s black and stringy. Nice photo!

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