Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Did You Know????

While we were in Florida a few weeks ago, all of this Spanish Moss caught my eye.

I didn't know much about it.  So I looked it up on WIKI and learned this:  Spanish Moss is a flowering plant that grows upon larger trees, commonly the Southern Live Oak or Bald Cypress in the southeastern United States.

The plant consists of a slender stem bearing alternate thin, curved or curly, heavily scaled leaves 0.79–2.4 in long and  0.039 in broad, that grow vegetatively in chain-like fashion (pendant) to form hanging structures up to 240 in in length. The plant has no aerial roots and its flowers are tiny and inconspicuous. It propagates both by seed and vegetatively by fragments that blow on the wind and stick to tree limbs, or are carried by birds as nesting material.
Now I know where all my crafty moss comes from.  Very interesting stuff!
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