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August 06, 2008

The Mysterious Silver Tinsel Weed


As Tinselman (and the founder of the Republic of Tinselman), I'm always on the lookout for all things tinsel (and wondrously tinselistic). Which is why I ran across flickr photographer Cobalt 123 and his mysterious silver tinsel weed. He noticed the tinsel while wandering through the Tonto National Forest, in Arizona. As he says...

This is the first photo of many I shot of this amazing "tinsel" plant I found hiking around in the near dark. It was so shiny and silver that it caught my eye. I really thought it was trash of some sort and was amazed to find it was part of the plant. Any ideas on what this could be?

Other than these few flickr photos, I've found no other references to tinsel weed.


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Could it be some form of Tillandsia? I can't find a variation that is so flat and metallic, but I pass the thought on anyway:

userwww.sfsu.edu/.../ pages/1var_among.html

Posted by: Joe Williams | Aug 6, 2008 6:10:09 PM

that looks like... tinsel. caught in a bush. ACK, AHEM!i mean HOLY COW! A new TINSEL WEED! looks to be a rare species of grass... i used to work on a trail crew in Tonto National park in Arizona, and i never did saw one of those, only heard about them

Posted by: nick | Aug 6, 2008 11:49:09 PM

Weird. When I first saw it I thought it was shredded paper.

Posted by: Bonnie | Aug 7, 2008 5:50:55 AM

Splendid plant! I'd try querying Ketzel Levine, the plant hero on NPR -- who has specifically invited these challenges:


...or her Flickr group on the same topic:


A new fan of the Republic of Tinselman,

Posted by: Katherine | Sep 24, 2008 9:09:06 PM

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