Nov 29 2011
I discussed epiphytes a couple of days ago because I wanted to use this beautiful photo as a quiz.
Though this looks like an artistic squiggle it’s actually a close-up of a plant.
Here are some hints to its identity:
- It’s an epiphyte.
- It’s native to the southeastern U.S. where the climate is warm with high humidity.
- It has tiny inconspicuous flowers. (As many times as I’ve seen this plant I’ve never noticed any flowers.)
- Its leaves are alternate, thin, heavily scaled and curved. These are its leaves.
- The leaves appear to form long chains.
- Big hint: It’s commonly found hanging from southern live oaks and bald cypress trees.
Can you guess what it is?
Leave a comment with your answer.
(photo by Ernest V. More in the public domain on Wikimedia Commons)