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Ghost Orchid

This is a discussion on Ghost Orchid within the Eye Candy forums, part of the Land Plants category; This article was in our local newspaper several weeks ago, I think it was also ...

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    This article was in our local newspaper several weeks ago, I think it was also nationally printed but for those who missed it here is a little good news from Mother Nature! Sorry the picture isn't better.
    Rare Ghost Orchid Found in Florida Tree

    The orchid apparently thrived in a cypress tree for years without being seen.

    AP

    Posted: 2007-07-12 06:57:08

    Filed Under: Science

    NAPLES, Fla. (July 11) - A rare ghost orchid has been found growing high in an old cypress tree in a southwest Florida nature preserve.

    Andrew West, News-Press / AP

    The orchid apparently thrived in a cypress tree for years without being seen.

    Two visitors looking for owls on Saturday spotted the endangered orchid growing about 45 feet off the ground in a tree at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary in Naples. The orchid, featured in the nonfiction book "The Orchid Thief" and the fictional movie spin-off "Adaptation," is about 150 feet from the sanctuary's boardwalk and can be seen only with binoculars and good lighting.

    The orchid, which blooms for about two weeks, has nine flowers, triple the usual number. It is not clear how long this ghost orchid has been blooming.

    Naples photographer Ralph Arwood spent hours waiting to get a shot of the rare blooms.

    "They're very rare, and this one is unusual because it has so many flowers," Arwood said. "They're pretty impressive flowers, too, as big as your hand. It's nice to have it at Corkscrew. If it's here, it's safe."

    Park Manager Ed Carlson said the orchid could have been in the tree for decades. It is the first ghost orchid discovered near the sanctuary boardwalk in 12 years.

    "It's got a big, old root mass on it," he said. "We've just never seen it before. I'm sure it's been blooming, but they bloom in June and July, and that's when cypress are leafed out. So, it's possible a cypress branch covered it up all those years and fell off in Hurricane Wilma. Who knows?"

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    Magnificent plant. My babies have a LONG way to go.

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    Ugh - I wish that picture wasn't so small!

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    Neat !
    I tried to blow it up ( that didn't work ).. Gin

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    This is wonderful.

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    Like Wow!

    Cin: You need to stick one of these to something in your yard..

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    I was there in March. I like the thought I walked right by it! All along the boardwalk were serious birder types with tripods and long lenses. Funny that it was only now noticed!

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    Wow. That is impressive. Thanks for the better pic! Our little ghost orchid is a long way from blooming. It is a couple of roots about two inches long. Not much to look at really.

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