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Splash Pad Nature Trail
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A short tube with log and pencil.
We make frequent use of the nearby Spalsh Pad in the summer and enjoy the walks along the paths the rest of the year. This trail starts just outside of the Splash Pad parking area and weaves through the woods where you will see several different types of plants, many of which will be covered with Spanish Moss.
Spanish moss is an epiphyte (a plant that lives upon other plants; from Greek "epi"=upon "phyte"=plant), which absorbs nutrients (especially calcium) and water from the air and rainfall. Spanish moss is colloquially known as "air plant".
While it rarely kills the trees it lowers their growth rate by reducing the amount of light to a tree's own leaves. It also increases wind resistance, which can prove fatal to the host tree in a hurricane.
In the southern U.S., the plant seems to show a preference of growth on Southern Live Oak or Bald Cypress because of these trees' high rates of foliar mineral leaching (calcium, magnesium, potassium, and phosphorus) providing a supply of nutrients to the plant, but it can also colonize other tree species such as crepe-myrtles.
Last Updated: on 1/27/2018 12:12:06 PM (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada) (8:12 PM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum