Spanish moss (Tillandsia usneoides)

Also known as: old man's beard



Spanish moss is declared noxious on Lord Howe Island in order to protect its unique World Heritage Listed ecosystems.


Spanish moss is a blue-grey slender plant without roots. Its chain-like stems and leaves are dependant on a host to grow. It will hang over sparse or dead trees in areas of high humidity. 

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Herbicide options

Contact your local council weeds officer for control advice for Spanish moss (Tillandsia usneoides).

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Legal requirements

The content provided here is for information purposes only and is taken from the Noxious Weeds Act 1993.

Area Class Legal requirements
Lord Howe Island 2 Regionally Prohibited Weed
The plant must be eradicated from the land and that land must be kept free of the plant

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For technical advice and assistance with identification please contact your local council weeds officer.
For further information call the NSW Invasive Plants and Animals Enquiry Line on 1800 680 244 or send an email to

Reviewed 2014