A Southwest Florida Jewel,” The Super Ghost Orchid” Update 2015, Corkscrew Swamp And Sanctuary, Naples, Florida

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The Super Ghost, this orchid continues to amaze me. “The Super Ghost Orchid” has continued to bloom in the Corkscrew Swamp for years after it was first discovered. I have followed “the ghost” from the beginning, 2007. Before witnessing “the super ghost”, I studied “the ghost orchid” through books, aware that it was elusive and extremely  rare. According to my research, three blooms was the largest documented, photographed “ghost”, that was before the discovery of ” The Super Ghost” which captivated and amazed all who sought it. The Mecca to see this amazing, plant, was far reaching. I knew I was witnessing something “big” as I entered the swamp, the droves of people, the largest cameras I had ever seen and the media. The cameras were on rollers and the media personalities were not local. I still consider it one of my best life experiences. I dream of one day discovering another amazing super ghost, until then I will follow and visit the “jewel of the swamp”, at the Corkscrew Swamp.

According to Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary & Blair Audubon Center

This year’s Ghost Orchid Activity:


February 11, 2015:      On January 25, 2015, one of our volunteers discovered that the Super Ghost had one bloom!  The first of the new year!  It is a new record for the ghost orchid, blooming in January, the earliest in the year it had bloomed previously was late March of 2010!   This first flower lasted almost 2 weeks.  Then on February 8th another flower opened, but that one only lasted a couple of days.  The Corkscrew “Super Ghost Orchid” typically produces flowers on and off throughout the summer and sometimes at other times of the year, please check back here for further updates.

2015 Activity:

February 11 – no flowers in bloom

February 8 – 1 new flower opened

February 7  –  the first flower had closed

January 25 –  1 flower was discovered in bloom, the earliest known record of a Ghost Orchid blooming!

Address and Networking

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary & Blair Audubon Center
375 Sanctuary Road West

Naples, FL 34120

Phone: 239-348-9151

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