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It was officially declared extinct in Britain's Red Data List in 2005.Mr Jannink, 42, who runs a motorbike company in Malvern, Worcestershire, and has been a wildflower enthusiast since his childhood, said yesterday: "To be honest, I was ready to give up, and the feeling when I saw it was of relief more than anything.My audience with a rare orchid In mystique, there is only one other flower in the whole of the British flora with which the ghost orchid, Epigogium aphyllum, can be compared, and that is another orchid species – the lady's slipper.
"Instead, the food is manufactured for it by a fungus on its roots. It produces these flowers without chlorophyll which in the dim light look like ghosts, and if you shine a torch beam on them they appear to be translucent white in the pitch darkness, almost like a photographic negative." He described the rediscovery as "terrific news", adding: "It's one of the most fascinating flowers." A remarkable irony of the rediscovery is that last September, in the very month in which the plant was found – but before the finding was made public – the ghost orchid was chosen as the symbol of a new conservation campaign because of its presumed extinction.Amisfield Walled Garden lies on the outskirts of Haddington in East Lothian.Dating from the late 18th Century it is one of the largest walled gardens in Scotland with extensive herbaceous borders, fruit and vegetable beds, wildflower meadow, orchard and woodland plantings.After an absence of 23 years, during which it was declared extinct, this pale, diminutive flower, the most enigmatic of all Britain's wild plants, rematerialised last autumn in an oak wood in Herefordshire.Its sighting, initially kept a close secret, has electrified the British botanical community. This has been British botany's holy grail, searched for annually and ardently by a small army of enthusiasts for more than two decades, but never found.