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A.R.M .Loxahatchee
National Wildlife Refuge


 

The Cypress Swamp Boardwalk

 

Cypress Trees

Cypress Trees

All the Cypress Trees were covered with air plants, bromeliads, and spanish moss. The trees are estimated to be over 65 years old!

 

Air Plants
Air Plants


Quill-Leaf Wild Pine
Quill-Leaf Wild Pine
(Tillandsia fasciculata)

Here is a closer look at the air plants on the trees. The Quill Leaf is a relative of the pineapple plant. Epiphytes like these live on trees but do not harm the trees. They get nourishment from rain water and the moisture in the air.

 

Spanish Moss
Spanish Moss
(Tillandsia usneoides)

 

Spanish Moss covered almost every tree in the trail ! This airplant has no roots and absorbs nutrients through its' scales.

 

 

Moss Covered Trees
Moss Covered Trees

 

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