Thursday, March 19, 2009

Rare orchid found in Fakahatchee not seen in Florida since 1961
By ERIC STAATS (Contact)
Originally published 2:19 p.m., Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Updated 6:26 p.m., Tuesday, March 17, 2009

NAPLES — It was about lunch time, and the three men had been traipsing through the swamp at Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park for a couple hours.

They did not know they were about to step into the botanical history books with the rediscovery of a lost orchid species.

But there it was last Saturday, Cyclopogon elatus, a flowering spike shooting up from a rotting log.

“It’s a pretty big find,” Fakahatchee Strand park biologist Mike Owen said Tuesday afternoon.(read more)

Photo by Chris Little

Photo by Chris Little

1 comment:

Neysa G said...

This is really good news and the plant is beautiful.