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Ghost Sightings

The rare ghost orchid is in bloom at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary off Immokalee Road.

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

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