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This was a poor year for the ghost orchids in Fakahatchee. Due to orchids that have been poached in previous couple years to the dry weather and low water tables.

There was one very BIG exception--this summer in the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. Don't go rushing out and look for it now, because they only bloom for about two weeks max, and this was in July.

This huge display of ghost orchids was found 60 feet up in a cypress tree by a bird watcher in Corkscrew.

(Photo courtesy of the Audubon Florida Naturalist magazine, by photographer RJ Wiley. Hey Ron, do you have those photos ready of me that you took at our park festival last February that I requested?)

Here is the why this is the motherload of ghosties: These were 60 ft. up, higher than any others observed in Florida. The highest that has been observed is about 20 ft.

Next, I count 10 blooms here. I have heard of 3 or 4 at the most.

Mike Owen, the biologist at Fakahatchee Strand Preserve, probably the one to talk to about ghost orchids, had an interesting theory on this one. Mike says that some plants will give a tremendous display of blooms before they die. Conditions for this ghost orchid are not good, and it may be effected by the cold winds of winter. So it may be giving a last big display of blooms before it croaks.
Current Location:
the hammock
Current Mood:
impressed impressed
Current Music:
Queen--We are the Champions
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