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PunkRotten
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Is this a moss or lichen?

Hi,

There are a few types of moss and/or lichen on the property here. I've been interested in collecting them for perhaps some terrariums I am going to set up. Anyway, the first one I am not sure if it is a moss or lichen. The 2nd one grows on lots of plants and trees. It hangs on lots of oak trees in the area but attaches to other plants/trees too. I am wondering if it may be parasitic in some way. Because every plant/tree I see with this moss on it seems to be in poor health or dying. Thanks

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applestar
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Re: Is this a moss or lichen?

First one is lichen.
Second beard-like one I think is Spanish moss.

I remember being enchanted by seeing them all over trees near Williamsburg. They don't survive the winters here.
Spanish moss - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spanish_moss

The plant's specific name usneoides means "resembling Usnea", and it indeed closely resembles its namesake Usnea, also known as beard lichen, but in fact Spanish moss is neither a moss nor a lichen. Instead, it is a flowering plant (angiosperm) in the family Bromeliaceae (the bromeliads

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Re: Is this a moss or lichen?

I have spanish moss on the trees and the fence. It likes to be watered daily but does not need any fertilizer or soil.



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