Rupertz Hoelzl, visiting from Germany, views the ghost orchid through the telescope at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary on Friday. The flower, which is native to Southwest Florida and Cuba, is growing on the trunk of a 400-500 year-old Bald Cypress tree at the sanctuary and can bloom up to three times in a season. The event attracts orchid enthusiasts from all over the world. Courtney Potter/Staff.
The Ghost Orchid had it's first bloom on June 23rd 2008 at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. Last year the rare orchid brought visitors from all over the world when it became known that the flower existed at the sanctuary.