Tuesday, July 19, 2016

For Immediate Release - 'Super' Ghost Orchid at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is in full bloom

July 19th, 2016. For immediate release:

The highly anticipated bloom of the 'Super' Ghost Orchid at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary near Naples, Florida is underway.  First discovered in 2007, this particular famous orchid plant has failed to disappoint every year with many flowers (as many as 40) per blooming season.  It is the largest plant known of its species, Dendrophylax lindenii, known commonly as the Ghost Orchid.  This is perhaps Florida's most famous orchid species, made popular by Susan Orleans' book The Orchid Thief and the movie adapted very loosely from it, "Adaptation", starring Nicholas Cage and Meryl Streep.

As of July 18th, 2016, the orchid had eight flowers open, one wilting (likely forming a seed pod), and several more buds.  Here is a photograph showing this orchid's flowers on this date:

For those wishing to see this orchid in person, be prepared for a gentle walk along a wooden boardwalk through the nation's last remaining stand of ancient, old-growth cypress trees which once dominated Florida's landscape. Bring binoculars to spot the orchid, as it is about 100 feet away from the boardwalk. Volunteers will typically have a spotting scope trained on the orchid, but weather or other factors might prevent this on any particular day.

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