Rare “Corpse Flower” Blooms at Orange Coast College

A unusual floral specimen will be on display this summer at the Administration Building of Orange Coast College (2701 Fairview Road, Costa Mesa; visiting hours 10 AM to 6 PM), and despite its notoriously stinky smell, visitors are already flocking to see this rare event up close. Amorphophallus titanum, also known as the the “corpse flower” is a plant native to Indonesian island of Sumatra, where its strong, pungent odor attracts beetles that help pollinate the plant. The name “corpse flower” derives from the scent emitted when the flower’s deep red petals are open for periods of up to 48 hours and emit a rotting scent some have likened to the smell of decomposing bodies. Some Amorphophallus titanum plants can take up to ten years to bloom for the first time and can weigh up to two hundred pounds. Orange Coast College’s corpse flower plant, named “Little Dougie“, has lived at the College since 2006.

 

Orange Coast College, established in 1947, is a nationally accredited, public community college located in Costa Mesa in the heart of Southern California. As the top community college in Orange County, Orange Coast College is also renowned at the state and national levels for its athletic as well as academic programs. Orange Coast College offers high-quality training for California residents and non-residents alike, providing opportunities ranging from the College’s Pirate Athletics Program to cutting edge research facilities. Orange Coast College is the third ranked transfer college in California for students into the UC and CSU systems, and is also one of the top transfer colleges in the United States.

 

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