I mentioned James Lee Burke to someone and she said he notes Spanish moss on every page.
There's less of it these days and I've been told it has something to do with air quality. It lives off the air, after all, and is without roots, living symbiotically with the trees. It is not biologically related to moss, but is a flowering plant that drapes itself from tree limbs, particularly Southern live oaks and cypress, in humid climates. But Spanish moss isn't like a vine, but a chain of seemingly disconnected threads of vegetation. It doesn't hurt the trees, though it can deprive them of sunlight it it gets too thick. In a hurricane, its weight could help topple a tree.
In colonial days, it was used to stuff mattresses, plaster walls and make medicinal tea to treat chills and fevers.
There is evidence, according to USDA, that moss was used over 3,000 years ago to make pottery. Versatile!
Spanish moss on trees in Audubon Park.
Spanish moss is just another reminder of where we live.