Monterey Cypress or Macrocarpa Cupressaceae
Status: Vulnerable Endemic to the Central Coast of California and restricted to two small populations, the Del Monte Forest and Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, south of Carmel-by-the-Sea. However, it is widely used in landscaping outside its natural range in California and other places in the world. Many of the Monterey cypress have lichens draping from the branches, which remind me of the Spanish moss (Tillandsia usneoides
)* hanging from bald cypress (Taxodium distichum
) in the southern USA. www.flickr.com/photos/23715954@N02/2443355491/ www.flickr.com/photos/lbricephoto/2944536690/
* Interestingly, the specific epithet or species name usneoides means "resembling Usnea
." Although Spanish moss does resemble beard moss (Usnea
spp.), the two species are totally unrelated.