October 31, 2014

Jul 2, 201401:47 PMAlong the Gulfshore

Gulfshore Life’s editors explore Southwest Florida

Ghost Sightings

Ghost Sightings

R.J. Wiley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you are an orchid lover or someone who just likes rare things, it’s time for a trek out to Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary to catch the “super ghost orchid.” Already nine flowers have bloomed from the plant, but there are more buds that look promising according to a release from the sanctuary.

The plant is located high in a bald cypress tree about three-quarters of a mile out on the sanctuary’s boardwalk. It can only be seen through binoculars or a spotting scope, which is usually on hand and pointed in the right direction. A second ghost orchid is expected to bloom soon. The rare orchid, often preyed upon by poachers, is only found in a small area in Southwest Florida. For more information, go to corkscrew.audubon.org/corkscrew-ghost-orchid

Jul 3, 2014 03:54 pm
 Posted by  dkchristi

You may want to pick up a copy of Ghost Orchid by D. K. Christi at the Corkscrew gift store. Not only does the purchase benefit the swamp, but the characters in the delightful mystery are fun to follow as they walk the boardwalk. NPR Reviews praised the beauty of the Everglades that shines through on every page, the ghost orchid the heart and soul of the story. Ghost Orchid is the only novel inspired by the 2007 blooming of the Super Ghost. http://www.dkchristi.com

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