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Rare ghost orchid found at Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

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Posted at 8:02 PM, Jul 01, 2022
and last updated 2022-07-05 09:53:09-04

Volunteers at Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp sanctuary in Collier County found something incredible while they were working in 2007

It’s called a ghost orchid because it doesn’t have any flowers until it suddenly blooms - which it did this week.

Sally Stein, the director of public programs for Audubon Florida, explained that this is a rare flower.

“We only have about a thousand of them in Florida,” Stein said. “Half that are mature enough to bloom. They’re hard to see.”

If you want to see the ghost orchid, you can head out to the sanctuary and rent some binoculars. The whole walking tour of the sanctuary is about three-fourths of a mile.