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Orange Coast College Hosts Corpse Plant Event

Posted on August 1, 2017 in Higher Education

This week tons and tons of people are said to be attracted to Orange Coast College campus. The attention is said to be brought on by a rare and smelly flower that is expected to bloom. The rare flower is said to have a corpse-like smell. On Wednesday, June 28 the Amorphophallus titanum plant (corpse flower) will be on display for the public at the school’s administration building from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Visitors will be allowed to stay until 10 p.m. once the flower starts to bloom. The plant has been at Costa Mesta college since 2006 and has gained the nickname Little Dougie. The plant currently weighs 30 pounds and is close to being five feet tall. It is said that a corpse flower can weigh up to 200 pounds.


The plant originally comes from the Idonesian Island of Sumatra. The plants horrible order is caused when beetles pollinate the flower. Its name was given to the flower because of the way that it smells like something that is dead. Once the flower begins to open it will start to produce magenta petals. For the plant to produce its first bloom it takes nearly a decade. After the plants first bloom it can than bloom every three to five years.


There is said to be around 1,000 guests that visited Orange Coast College, in 2014, to get a peak at their 11 year old corpse flower named Little John. When visitors come to Orange Coast College to see the plant bloom they are encouraged to give a $3 donation. There has been a webcam set up for all visitors that want to see the plant but don’t want to see it.

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