As one may imagine, the “Corpse Flower” is named for the odor of rotting flesh this endangered flower is known for producing. The chance to view and smell the blooming of the “Corpse Flower” is now available to a large number of different people who are expected to visit the Administrative Building of Orange Coast College in the coming weeks to view the blooming Amorphophallus Titanum, often referred to as the “Corpse Flower” known as “Little Dougie”.
The college has a history of success in encouraging the blooming of a “Corpse Flower”, which generally bloom for the first time after around one decade before flowering every three to five years of life. Orange Coast College now pollinates its specimens of the Amorphophallus Titanum by hand, but has managed to retain the foul smell of rotting flesh the flower has become known for usually caused by the pollination of the flower in the wild by beetles.
The “Corpse Flower” can become large enough to top 200 pounds, “Little Dougie” stands at around five feet in height and weighs 30 pounds; the “Corpse Flower” is best known for the smell of rotting flesh, which is accompanied by a stunning display of magenta petals opening around the fleshy central spike of the plant that makes this one of the most intriguing flowers to see live. Orange Coast College has already announced visiting hours will be extended beyond the usual 6 p.m. closing time to 10 p.m. in a bid to allow as many visitors to view the flower in its longest blooming period of early evening.
Orange Coast College has been in operation since 1947 when the voters of Orange County gave their support to turning a portion of a former Army Base in Orange County into a two-year trades based college. Since opening, Orange Coast College has become one of the top rated institutions for successful transfers to four-year college rating the third best in California.
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