Common name: Spanish Moss, Old Man's Beard, Barba de Palo
Tillandsia usneoides (L.) L. APNI*
Description: Pendent, slender, caulescent epiphyte, roots not developing.
Leaves distichous, densely lepidote, silver to grey-green, bright green when wet, sheathing at base, blades filiform, 20–45 mm long, up to 1 mm in diameter.
Flowers solitary, subsessile. Petals pale green or blue, 9–11 mm long.
Capsule up to 25 mm long, cylindric, short-beaked.
Flowering: Flowers recorded in November.
Distribution and occurrence: Naturalised in and around Lismore, and in a few locations in Greater Sydney. Native of tropical and subtropical America.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CC
Text by Distribution updated by Kerry Gibbons, 18 Apr. 2023.
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