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Today in Levy Lounty History: The Spanish moss industry in Florida

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By Toni C. Collins

Some people do not care for Spanish moss. However, as early as 1773, the value of the plant was recognized as cattle feed and a cheap packing for crates of fruits and vegetables.
The processed product also was well adapted for the purpose of stuffing mattresses, chairs, saddles and collars.
The plant is not a parasite, nor is it a moss. Instead it is a member of the pineapple family and one of the many epiphytes or “air plants” to be found in Florida.


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