Update: September 2, 2013
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.
This year's Ghost Orchid Activity:
Update September 2, 2013: There are no current blooms. The Corkscrew Ghost Orchid typically produces buds on and off throughout the summer, but it may be finished blooming for this summer.
August 26, 2013: There is one flower in bloom on the Super Ghost Orchid! We will keep you updated on any futher developments.
August 14, 2013 : There were 2 very small buds that were just starting to develop on the Super Ghost.
July 27, 2013: The Super Ghost's two buds that were first seen on July 24 were also consumed.
July 24, 2013: The Super Ghost had two new buds that had formed.
July 5th, 2013: Unfortunately, either a grasshopper or a caterpillar had eaten all of the remaining blooms and buds that were on the Ghost Orchid. The plant typically continues to produce buds during the summer. Hopefully the hungry critter will move on (or change to a moth or butterfly) and we will enjoy more blooms this summer. We will keep you posted.
July 3, 2013: this orchid had two flowers in full bloom, but it was apparent that something had started to munch on the flowers and buds... There were still two fully open blooms (one is starting to yellow). There were two opened and partially eaten flowers, and three other flowers that had opened but were mostly eaten, just leaving the nectar spur. The good news is that it typically continues to produce new buds. Hopefully whatever is eating it will move on soon and let us enjoy the beauty of the blooms. On June 22 the orchid showed 10 small 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..
Newly Discovered Ghost Orchid:
On August 12th, 2012 a visitor found another ghost orchid at Corkscrew. 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. So far in 2013, this orchid does not have any buds or flowers on it. We will continue to monitor this orchid also and post updates here.
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 newly discovered 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.
The newly discovered ghost orchid is just beyond the Super Ghost, and just past the Overlook Platform spur trail, on the Royal Palm spur of the boardwalk. 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.
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