Spotted in the wild: airplants galore (backstory in comments)
By - Racchi2point0
A day or two ago I asked for help with a massive airplant I found on the ground in my town's park.
I take them so much for granted that it hasn't occurred to me that some people may not really know what they're like in the wild.
So here are a couple photos of one tree completely inhabited by airplants. If you're having a hard time deciphering them, the Spanish moss is stringier and the other air plants are the darker, clustered shapes in the photos.
Just wanted you to see them. 🤙
You are so lucky you get to enjoy them in the wild.
I realize that now, after talking with all of you in this sub. It's embarrassing how much I took them for granted before now.
Are you referring to the ball moss (not actually a moss, but an airplant) in the cluster shapes?
I am. :) Although I never knew what they were called.
Yup, tillandsia recurvata aka ball moss! And since they are found in abundance and are actually considered a nuisance to many people, you are free to collect whatever samples from outside you like without the causing damage to the ecosystem (as long as you’re not damaging other parts of the tree in the process ofc. In fact, if you look around your yard you can probably find clumps or individual plants on fallen sticks or branches) 🙂
They are cute little guys, easily forming large clumps, and have a small, but cute little inflorescence with a yellow or sometimes purple flower
That's exactly how I started getting involved with airplants! My yard was covered in these little guys after a storm. Now whenever I see them, I pick them up.
Thank you for posting I have never seen them in the wild