Spanish Moss, a grayish-green plant that grows hanging from a tree or other object. Spanish moss grows in the southern United States and in tropical America. In the United States it is usually found hanging from the branches of oak and bald cypress trees. It is also called Florida moss and long moss. The plant's long, hairy, threadlike stems often reach 20 feet (6 m) in length. Along the stems are narrow leaves and yellowish-green flowers, both so small that they are barely visible. Spanish moss is not a parasite; it absorbs water from the air, and nutrients from dead leaves and other organic debris that fall on it. It is not a moss, but resembles moss in appearance.
Spanish moss is gathered from trees with rakes and hooks; the dried stems and leaves are sometimes used for packing fragile objects or for stuffing upholstery.
Spanish moss is Tillandsia usneoides of the pineapple family, Bromeliaceae.