Tree festooned with blossoms and tufts of grey-green, hairlike lichen.
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This is definitely NOT Old Man's beard! Wrong time of the year for staters and looks like Lichen to me. A bit like the ones that grow in Louisiana!
The more I know the more I realise I don't know
Just found this on Wiki about Usnea....'It is sometimes referred to commonly as Old Man's Beard, Beard Lichen, Tree's Dandruff, Woman's Long Hair, or Tree Moss.' So yes, it IS Old Man's Beard, but not the Old Man's Beard which you are possibly thinking of which is a wild clematis.
OK sorry I come originally from Hampshire and Old Man's Beard Clemetis was very prevelant!
Old man's beard may refer to the following species:(from Wikipedia)
1)Chionanthus virginicus, a tree, which is used like a medicinal plant and ornamental plant.
2)Clematis aristata, an Australian climbing plant.
3)Clematis vitalba, a climbing plant.
4)Tillandsia usneoides, "Spanish moss" - a bromeliad.
5)Usnea, a type of lichen.
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