Like Spanish moss, ball moss is an epiphyte and belongs to family Bromeliaceae.
Ball moss [Tillandsia recurvata (L.) L], or an air plant, is not a true moss but rather is a small flowering plant. It is neither a pathogen nor a parasite.
During the past couple of years, ball moss has increasingly been colonizing trees and shrubs, including oaks, pines, magnolias, crape myrtles, Bradford pears and others on the Louisiana State University campus and surrounding areas in Baton Rouge. In addition to trees and shrubs, ball moss can attach itself to fences, electric poles and other physical structures with the help of pseudo-roots.
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The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture