Ghostly Saturday

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Ghost Orchid (Epipogium aphyllum) Critically endangered in the UK and presumed extinct with no sightings since 1986. This photograph taken in Buckinghamshire, UK August 1986

You look. It’s there. Then it’s not. Decades go by, and people are prowling the woods, eyes down, hunting for it—crawling, searching, losing hope, and then, all of a sudden, there it is again! In a totally unexpected spot, far from the last sighting, hiding in the dark, barely as tall as your thumb, leafless, probably the rarest plant in Great Britain. It’s known as the ghost orchid, and when it shows up, people go nuts.

I’m talking about plant people.

Let the twenty-somethings hunt for Pokemon characters on their smartphones. This is an older game of hide-and-seek—just as obsessive and every bit as crazy.
How It All Began

It starts back in 1855, when a Mrs. Anderson Smith (I see her in a full skirt, edging her way down a steep dirt trail to a silvery brook in Herefordshire, England) catches sight of a teeny blossom. It’s barely visible, shaded, hemmed in by ferns and nettles. She leans over, plucks it, doesn’t know what it is, and takes it to a local plant lover, who tells her it’sEpipogium aphyllum, a leafless orchid (different, it should be noted, than the Polyrrhiza lindenii featured in The Orchid Thief). Something new in England, it’s placed on exhibit—and then, just as suddenly, disappears. “Rumour says it was accidently destroyed when the room in which it was exhibited was cleared,” the local paper reports.

@ NG

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18 Responses to Ghostly Saturday

  1. jimhitchcock says:

    Just an observation.

    CNN’s banner this morning read “Last night’s vibrant opening featured strong messages of conservation and rejuvenation”.

    Hello, rain forest, calling rain forest, please check in.

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  2. Den says:

    Thanks for revealing the seamy side of you.
    Survived an un-exploded Pinto, lucky man.

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  3. Den says:

    Meanwhile back at the farm, S10 project shine day, buffing and buffing, trying to locate a good place for pics, will post them for all of the fellow backwater dwellers to see.

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  4. Den says:

    Due to all the work on the S10 I have been out of the news loop, I’m afraid to look, another brick in the road to insanity, perhaps it is better that way…

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  5. David B. Benson says:

    @ the Tokyo Seoul after 38 minutes. Just a few birds along the way. Having kimchi with a salmon teriyaki bento box since it is considered good for the gut microbes. So is sauerkraut but there isn’t any here.

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  6. º¿carol says:

    Made my Shrimp Creole today, that was our dinner and plenty left for tomorrow’s company. Going to have an appetizer and garlic bread fresh out of the oven, then the Creole. Sound GREAT!!! Can’t wait until tomorrow is over, lol. Monday I can pretty much sit on my ass. 🙂

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  7. º¿carol says:

    I also dusted the LR, swept the kitchen and bathroom floor, shook the throw rugs and vacuumed everything else. I did NOT clean the bathroom. To heck with it. It never looks bad, I’m kind of a neat freak, but who will notice if I cleaned the tub and sink. No one.

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  8. º¿carol says:

    In honor of Erling:

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