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  •  they just live unobtrusive lives in the slow lane (10+ / 0-)

    The one in my second photo is about eight inches across--it's probably at least ten or twelve years old.

    The flowers for T recurvata aren't nearly as showy as the species in your photo.  

    •  Flowers are. . . almost unknown (3+ / 0-)
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      Polly Syllabic, bwren, cotterperson

      They got 'em, but most folks won't get up close to examine the moss to see.

      I refer to the "moss line" to separate the south part of the south from the rest. Once spanish moss is growing everywhere (it does prefer hardwoods; in fact, it's almost unknown on pines, which is another reason to plant hardwoods and tell the pine farmers to go away), you've crossed a demarcation.

      However, growing up, we were encouraged to never, ever play with the stuff, unless we wanted red bugs all over our skin ("chiggers"). The adults avoided touching it for the same reason, and once a kid scoffed at parents and went to play with the moss anyway and ended up with tiny bites everywhere, she or he avoided grabbing it, too. Thus, Spanish Moss may be everywhere, but no one touches it or gets very close.

      Everyone's innocent of some crime.

      by The Geogre on Sun Nov 03, 2013 at 04:51:32 AM PST

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