National Geographic : 1958 Jan
Tillandsia Grows on Trees but Lives on Air Like the related Spanish moss, this pineapple air plant is not a parasite; it sucks no food from the tree that supports it. Warden Henry Bennett wears on his shoulder patch an Ameri can egret, symbol of the National Audubon Society. Few men know Corkscrew as he does. He can identify most of the swamp's myriad wildlife on sight. American Egret Gleams in Lonely Splendor This species, nearly exterminated by plume hunters before World War I, is protected by law to day. Its rookeries in Corkscrew Swamp, along with those of the wood ibis, were for many years the largest in the United States. Venomous water moccasins, waiting on log or branch, ambush many a frog and fish. This four footer, curved around a golden heart lily, does not show the usual gaping "cottonmouth." 106 Butterfly-weed, a variety of milkweed growing at the edge of the swamp, often plays host to the lordly monarch butterfly.