Showing posts with label corkscrew swamp sanctuary. Show all posts
Showing posts with label corkscrew swamp sanctuary. Show all posts

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.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Corkscrew Swamp Ghost Orchid in Bloom

I have just been informed that the Corkscrew Swamp ghost orchid is in flower with seven flowers presently.
http://www.corkscrew.audubon.org/
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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

September 15, 2010: Corkscrew Swamp Ghost Orchid Blooms again

I just received a tweet from the Corkscrew Swamp twitter feed indicating that there are four flowers open now on the 'Super Ghost Orchid' at Corkscrew Swamp. This will be the fourth flush of blooms this venerable orchid has had this year. To learn more about Corkscrew Swamp, click the page link below:

Corkscrew Swamp Home Page

For those of you unfamiliar with this particular orchid, the large ghost orchid at Corkscrew Swamp (often dubbed the 'Super Ghost') was discovered in 2007 at Corkscrew Swamp near Naples, Florida and is the only ghost orchid whose location is made known to the general public. I have blogged about this plant previously. Follow the link below to see these entries:

Corkscrew Ghost Orchid at The Florida Native Orchid Blog

This will likely be the last blooming for this orchid for this year (in fact, it's very hard to find any ghost orchids in bloom this late in the year), so if you can make the trip down there, you won't be disappointed.


Saturday, July 3, 2010

Corkscrew Swamp's 'Super Ghost' Orchid Is Starting To Bloom Again!


July 3, 2010: Corkscrew Swamp's 'Super Ghost' orchid is starting to bloom again. According to the following article:

Ghost Orchid article

The first of fourteen flower buds is opening. This is the only ghost orchid whose location is not kept hidden from the public, owing to the fact that it is far off the boardwalk (about 100 feet) and 40 feet up a tree. There are other ghost orchids that grow elsewhere in the Big Cypress Swamp, Fakahatchee Strand State Park, etc., but their location is a closely guarded secret to prevent illegal poaching.

Corkscrew Swamp is located near Naples, Florida and is a wonderful place to visit, featuring a two-plus mile boardwalk through the heart of one of the last stands of old growth baldcypress trees in the US. In addition to visiting a botanical paradise unlike anything else in the world, birds and other wildlife are often visible just off the boardwalk, seemingly oblivious to the people gawking at them. To plan your trip there, visit their website at:

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

There are also a number of hotels and restaurants in the area offering exclusive 'ghost orchid rates' for visitors coming in to see the rare flowers. You can find out more at:

www.paradisecoast.com

To find out more about the Ghost Orchid (Dendrophylax lindenii), visit the following link:

Ghost Orchid Information Page on FLNativeOrchids.com

Enjoy!

---Prem

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

March 2010: Corkscrew Swamp 'SuperGhost' Blooms Extremely Early


March 30, 2010.

The ghost orchid (Dendrophylax lindenii) off the boardwalk at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary has started its blooming season very early this year. This is the earliest blooming for this particular orchid on record and one of the earliest (if not the earliest) dates for seeing a blooming ghost orchid, period. Right now, there is only one flower open (with no other buds visible), so this is just a little taste of what this plant will do later on this year (it usually blooms in July through September with multiple flowers at once).

This one flower will likely last into this coming weekend, if you are interested in going to see it...or you can catch it later on this year Be sure to call the sanctuary in advance at (239) 348-9151 to see if it is still blooming. Also, be sure to get there early for plenty of time to walk the boardwalk.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Corkscrew Ghost Orchid Update




As of today, there are nine flowers open with five buds on the way. Looks like the venerable "Super Ghost" is gearing up for quite a show! If you have the means at all to get to the Naples, Florida area, this is well worth the time and effort.

---Prem
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