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Spanish moss

Spanish moss, or Florida moss, epiphyte (Tillandsia usneoides) that can be found festooning trees, such as oaks and cypresses, and even telephone poles and wires in the southeastern United States. It is not a true moss. It absorbs water through scaly hairs on the leaves and stem, and is used as a substitute for horsehair stuffing and for insulation.

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