Update: November 24, 2014
Corkscrew "Super" Ghost Orchid
Discovered in July 2007, the Corkscrew "Super Ghost" orchid has been in the spotlight each summer since then as it continues to produce many flowers year after year. Drawing attention from near and far as the largest ghost orchid discovered so far. It has delighted us every year since it's discovery with multiple bloomings throughout the summer. It began blooming in late June this year producing 20 flowers by the end of July and three of these first flowers were pollinated resulting in 3 new seed pods! On July 23 RJ Wiley took a photo of the Super Ghost which showed that the orchid had formed many new buds, and on August 9th he photographed it again with 11 flowers and 5 buds. A couple of the new flowers had munching on them, but most of them were fine. The orchid finished blooming for the second time by August 25th. On October 19th one new flower opened up, but this one only lasted for a few days. In early November the orchid surprised us with two late season blooms and now on November 24,2014 one new flower has bloomed!
This year's Ghost Orchid Activity:
November 24, 2014: On 6/25/14 there were 20 buds spotted on the Corkscrew "Super Ghost". Most of these buds were very small, but by June 27th two of them had bloomed, the rest opened up throughout the early and middle part of July finishing by the end of July. On July 23rd it became apparent that the Super Ghost would bloom again as many new buds were spotted forming on the orchid. These started blooming by August 3rd and the last one faded on August 25th. On October 16 one more bud was discovered, and this opened into a bloom on October 19th. The orchid had two new additional blooms on November 2, and one really late bloom opened on November 24, 2014. The Corkscrew "Super Ghost Orchid" typically produces flowers on and off throughout the summer and sometimes fall, please check back here for further updates.
November 24, 1 flower
November 16, 2014 1 bud
November 2, 2014 2 flowers
October 23, 2014 no flowers
October 19, 2014 1 flower
October 16, 2014 1 bud
September 16, 2014 2 flowers
September 14, 2014 1 flower
August 25, 2014 no flowers, 3 seed pods.
August 22, 2014 6 flowers, 3 seed pods.
August 21, 2014 9 flowers, 3 seed pods.
August 17, 2014 9 flowers, 3 seed pods.
August 13, 2014 4 flowers, 5 buds, 3 seed pods.
August 12, 2014 10 flowers, 5 buds, 3 seed pods.
August 9, 2014: 11 flowers, a few are muched on. 5 more buds getting closer to opening. You can also see the 3 seed pods formed from the June/July flowers.
August 6, 2014: 7 flowers, some are munched on.
August 3, 2014: 7 flowers are now open, but something is starting to eat them. A few other buds are close to being ready to bloom.
July 26, 2014: No blooms, but 14+ buds!
July 24, 2014: There are now only 2 fresh looking flowers from the first blooming. RJ Wiley shared his detailed photo which he took yesterday and from that we can tell that it now has at least 14 new buds, most are still fairly small, but one may open soon! The Super Ghost is working on it's second bloom!
July 23, 2014: A couple of blooms but most have shriveled, but 6 new buds are now visible!
July 21, 2014: There are still a few blooms but they are starting to yellow and shrivel up
July 14, 2014: 14 flowers in bloom, some are starting to turn yellow
July 12, 2014: 12 flowers in bloom
July 10, 2014: 14 flowers
July 9, 2014: 13 flowers in full bloom
July 8, 2014: 12 flowers in full bloom
July 6, 2014: 15 flowers in full bloom
July 5, 2014: 15 flowers in full bloom
July 3, 2014: 11 flowers in bloom
July 2, 2014: 8 flowers in full bloom, 1 flower starting to crinkle up and turn yellow
July 1, 2014: Morning: Six flowers in full bloom, later in the day 3 additional flowers had started to open, and the first one that bloomed is starting to fade.
June 30, 2014: Five flowers in full bloom
June 29, 2014: Five flowers in full bloom
June 28, 2014: Three flowers in full bloom
June 27, 2014: Two flowers in full bloom. A few more buds look like they will open sometime this weekend and more sometime next week. We will keep you posted with any further developments.
June 26, 2014: One flower in full bloom.
June 25, 2014: 20 buds, the first of the season.
Once a ghost orchid bud opens into a flower, barring any interferrence, it usually stays in bloom for about 1.5 to 2 weeks, yellowing and eventually shrivelling toward the end. If lucky the flower will be pollinated and produce a seed pod, however this does not happen every year.
We will continue to monitor this orchid's budding and blooming and will post updates here and on our facebook site..
Additonal smaller Ghost Orchid:
On August 12th, 2012 a visitor found another ghost orchid at Corkscrew, on Landmark Tree #5. It had one flower on it when it was found, but the first flower only lasted until Thursday, August 16th. Later there was another flower open until the first week of October last year. There were no buds or flower in 2013.
July 26, 2014: The flower is starting to fade, this one lasted about 3.5 weeks!
July 23, 2014: One flower is still in bloom
July 17, 2014: One flower in full bloom
July 9, 2014: One flower in full bloom
July 6, 2014: One flower in full bloom
July 3, 2014: The flower opened up this morning on the small ghost orchid!
July 2, 2014: The bud is large now and looks like it may bloom in the next day or two!
July 1, 2014: One bud still, it is getting larger and has a longer nectar spur than last week
June 27, 2014: There is still one bud on this orchid, it has grown a little larger and is starting to develop it's nectar spur. The flower has not opened yet, but may by sometime next week. We will continue to monitor this orchid and post updates here and on our facebook site.
June 16 2014: One tiny bud was spotted on this orchid.
If you plan to visit Corkscrew to see the ghost orchids, please bring binoculars as both are about 50 feet high in old growth bald cypress trees. The "Super Ghost" is about 100 feet away from the boardwalk, the smaller ghost orchid is about 40 feet from the boardwalk. They can both be seen clearly from the boardwalk using either binoculars or a spotting scope. There are signs on the boardwalk rails identifying their locations.
To see the "Super Ghost", you have to walk just under a mile to almost the furthest point of the boardwalk, near interpretive sign number 7. There is a small sign on the rail there to help you locate the orchid.
The smaller ghost orchid is just beyond the Super Ghost, and just past the Overlook Platform spur trail, on the Royal Palm spur of the boardwalk, it is in Landmark Tree #5. Walk to the end of the Royal Palm spur trail and look about 50 feet up in the cypress tree that is on the left side of the royal palm tree. The orchid is on the left side of the main trunk of the tree. There is a small sign there with a photo to help you locate the orchid.
This site will be updated on a regular basis. Please check back here for updates.