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Re: Spanish Moss

Ron Orenstein wrote:

> Whatever the age of Spanish Moss (which is a monocot in the family
> Bromeliaceae and is therefore a pretty derived plant), the stuff in the
> painting could just as easily be a lichen similar to the modern Usnea,
> which has a very similar growth habit (at least from a distance).  I don't
> know the geological age of Usnea, but I assume that there were lichens in
> the Cretaceous.

Whew! Thanks, Ron! You sure saved *my* bacon!

Brian (franczak@ntplx.net)