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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Biosecurity duty

The content provided here is for information purposes only and is taken from the Biosecurity Act 2015 and its subordinate legislation, and the Regional Strategic Weed Management Plans (published by each Local Land Services region in NSW). It describes the state and regional priorities for weeds in New South Wales, Australia.

Area Duty
All of NSW General Biosecurity Duty
All plants are regulated with a general biosecurity duty to prevent, eliminate or minimise any biosecurity risk they may pose. Any person who deals with any plant, who knows (or ought to know) of any biosecurity risk, has a duty to ensure the risk is prevented, eliminated or minimised, so far as is reasonably practicable.

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Reviewed 2014