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)