Ghost orchid thieves hit Fakahatchee Strand Preserve

A cluster of seven blooming ghost orchids hang from a bald cypress tree roughly 45 feet in the air and 150 feet away from the boardwalk in the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary on Wednesday, July 9, 2008 in Collier County. After 12 years without a ghost orchid sighting in the preserve, a pair of bird watchers discovered unusually large cluster of nine the rare and endangered orchid while searching the swamp for owls on July 7, 2007. The endangered ghost orchid, known scientifically as Polyrrhiza lindenii, only grows in Southwest Florida and Cuba and normally blooms in clusters of one to three flowers for about two weeks. David Albers/ Staff

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A cluster of seven blooming ghost orchids hang from a bald cypress tree roughly 45 feet in the air and 150 feet away from the boardwalk in the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary on Wednesday, July 9, 2008 in Collier County. After 12 years without a ghost orchid sighting in the preserve, a pair of bird watchers discovered unusually large cluster of nine the rare and endangered orchid while searching the swamp for owls on July 7, 2007. The endangered ghost orchid, known scientifically as Polyrrhiza lindenii, only grows in Southwest Florida and Cuba and normally blooms in clusters of one to three flowers for about two weeks. David Albers/ Staff

Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park officials are searching for ghost orchid thieves.

Ranger Jeff Kneisley said he noticed ghost orchid plants, one of the rarest flowers in Florida, being stolen this year from the Fakahatchee Strand Preserve in southern Collier County, NBC2 reports.

"Some people that come and do this are very amateur but occasionally we do find evidence of someone who has probably done this before," Kneisley said.

The ghost orchids are currently not in bloom, which makes them extremely hard to see or find. Whoever stole the orchids knew exactly what they were looking for, park officials said.

See more on this story at NBC-2.com

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