Corkscrew Ghost Orchids

Corkscrew Swamp Ghost Orchid
Rod Wiley

Ghost Orchid   ( Dendrophylax lindenii )

Update:  July 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 has bloomed once so far this summer from late June to late July and so far three of these first flowers were pollinated resulting in 3 new seed pods!  Yesterday RJ Wiley took a photo of the Super Ghost and from that we have discovered that the orchid has formed at least 14 new buds!  We don't expect them to open for a week or two, so stay tuned for news of their development.  There are still a couple of flowers on the Super Ghost from the first blooms, but most of the flowers have shriveled up.

This year's Ghost Orchid Activity:


July 14, 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 of today there are only 2 fresh looking flowers from the first blooming, but also today 14 new buds were seen!  The Super Ghost is working on it's second bloom!  The Corkscrew "Super Ghost Orchid" typically produces flowers on and off throughout the summer, please check back here for further updates. 

2014 Activity: 

July 24, 2014:   RJ Wiley shared his detailed photo which he took yesterday and from that we can tell that it has at least 14 new buds, most are still fairly small, but one may open soon!

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. 

2014 Activity:

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.

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