As everyone knows, one of the closest relatives of Spanish moss is the pineapple plant*. Spanish moss is actually not a moss, but a variety of bromeliad with flowers and aerial roots. My tennis team played a match in Savannah this week and the Spanish moss in the park that hosted the match was so thick with the dangling beard-like clumps that the moss had even begun growing on the chain link fence surrounding the courts. Seeing so much of it, especially in such an unusual place, I got to thinking about how it's a little unfair that tropical islands like Hawaii get a bromeliad that grows an awesome fruit and we Southerners get a bromeliad that grows chiggers.
*Actually, I just learned this little factoid in January, so I don't actually expect everyone else to know this. It just sounded funnier that way.