The Orange Coast College is expecting a ‘corpse flower’ to bloom this week that smells quite horrid. It is very rare and they expect to have many visitors wishing to admire it and get a smell of it.
The flower is called the Amorphophallus titanum plant, also called the corpse flower. It will be on display June 28th at the administration building of the school located at 2701 Fairview Road from 10 in the morning until 6 at night. Once the flower starts blooming, the visitors will be able to stay until 10 at night. Learn more about Orange Coast College: http://www.occpirateathletics.com/sports/bsb/index and https://twitter.com/orangecoast?lang=en
Amorphophallus Titanum Plant
This plant is nicknamed Little Dougie. It has been growing at the Costa Mesa college for 10 years and weighs more than 30 pounds. It is about 5 feet in height. These flowers can get up to 200 pounds and have a disgusting smell caused when beetles pollinate it. Instructors and students pollinate these flowers by hand.
The name ‘corpse flower’ comes from the smell because it is similar to something that is dead. They have magenta colored petals when they open that look similar to s skirt that surrounds the plant’s spadix. It takes a full decade for the plant to have it’s first bloom that only lasts between 24 and 48 hours. They then only bloom once in every three to five years.
Orange Coast College
Orange Coast College located in Orange County, California is a community college founded in 1947. It has options for two-year associate degrees in art and science. They enroll about 24,000 undergraduate students making it the third largest Orange County college. It’s located 40 miles from Los Angeles in Costa Mesa, California.
Don’t miss this opportunity to see and smell something that doesn’t happen every day. The Orange Coast College provides this for the public to experience one of natures rarest events.