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Ghost Orchid by Jacquee Krause

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Ghost Orchids
Jacquee Krause 
 8 x 10 inches (framed)


Artist   |   Jacquee Krause

Jacquee Krause began her career in fine art and graphic design at Moore College of Art and later studied at Antonelli School of Art and Photography. Her  versatility in such mediums as pastels, oils and acrylic paintings have enhanced many private collections. Her work has been featured in conservation fund raisers such as Magic under the Mangroves, Feasts for the Beasts in Montana, as well as participating in Naples National Art Festival and a one woman show at the Everglades Museum.


The Ghost Orchid (see video below)

Dendrophylax lindenii (syn. Polyrrhiza lindenii), a.k.a. the ghost orchid, is perhaps the most revered orchid in the United States, if not the world.  Its locations and stories are like smoke on the wind.  The ghost orchid was discovered by Jean Jules Linden in Cuba in 1844, and the plant was discovered in the sub-tropical peninsula of Florida about 50 years later. Found in concealed swamps of Cuba, Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park, Big Cypress National Preserve and other guarded locations in South Florida, the ghost remains a mystery to most people. Some sources elude that it’s possible the ghost orchid has become extremely rare in Cuba or quite possibly now nowhere to be found on the island. It is rumored that pre 1980s the plant was much more common than it is today.  The story of its decrease includes interesting tales of snow in the Bahamas, the devastating logging of the mysterious Fakahatchee Strand, digging of the canal system throughout South Florida, and perhaps the most known, poachers. 

Today it is a rare and fascinating sight to see a ghost orchid in bloom.  It is approximated that 2,000 individual plants reside in the swamps of South Florida.  Of these, approximately 5 to 10% bloom each year, and of those only about 10% are pollinated by Cocytius antaeus, the giant sphinx moth (dubbed “the flying tongue” by Mike Owen).  It’s theorized that the sphinx moth follows the odor of the ghost orchid like a shark in a chum slick back to its source, where it then uses its 5” tongue to drink the nectar out of the ghost orchid.  This same moth must then find another blooming ghost orchid to pollinate.  Ghost orchids usually will have 1 bloom, but on some occasions a plant will have more than one flower and possibly multiple flowers on individual or separate flower spikes. On July 7, 2007 a previously unknown and outstandingly large ghost orchid was discovered in Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary in Naples, FL.  This plant, dubbed the “Super Ghost”, was growing 45 feet high and had 11 blooms at its peak.  It is currently the only wild ghost orchid whose location is not kept secret.  

Source: GhostOrchid.info




Product Videos

Ghost Orchid visited by Giant Sphinx Moth (01:30)
On May 17, 2008 Misti and I finally caught the Giant Sphinx Moth (Cocyctius antaeus) on video visiting the Ghost Orchid (Dendrophylax lindenii). What makes this video so special is that this meeting between the Ghoost Orchid and Sphinx Moth pollinator had never been seen before, much less video taped. We hope you enjoy! Please visit www.GhostOrchid.info for more information.
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    On May 17, 2008 Misti and I finally caught the Giant Sphinx Mo...

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