What is this tree epiphyte?

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Hi I have a tree with a dead branch in my garden and its been taken over by this epiphyte plant and I dont know what it is?

It starts as these little tufts but on some branches it is a full structured plant with stems etc like in pic 2. I'm fairly certain it is an epiphyte as it is growing on the wood. The reason Im curious is I have some wood breaking the surface of my tank and if it is safe I might take some of it from the tree and put it onto the wood and see if it takes off.

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Thanks Wills
 

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Beard lichens of some sort maybe ?
 
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Beard lichens of some sort maybe ?
I did wonder that but the bigger growth looks really different, it actually has leaves.
 

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I did wonder that but the bigger growth looks really different, it actually has leaves.
Pretty cool to be fair , is it rooted in the tree or just growing from the bark
 

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Its witches broom disease.
Great shout ,looks bang on from photos
 

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