Orange Coast College- corpse plant

Talk has been going around this week about Orange College’s corpse plant. This rare, yet smelly plant is expected to bloom and is attracted tons and tons of visitors to the colleges campus. This rare flowers smell is said to smell just like a dead corpse.

On Wednesday, June 28, at the administration building, the Amorphophallus titanum plant (corpse flower) is going to be on display for all visitors to see from 20 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Once the plant begains to bloom visitors will be aloud to stay until 10 p.m. Since 2006 the flower has at Costa Mesa College and has gained the nickname Little Dougie. The plant currently weighs in at 30 pounds and stands at five feet tall. A corspe flower is able to get up to weighing in at 200 pounds.

The Idonesian Island of Sumatra is where the corpse flower originally comes from. The horrible order that the flower produces happens when beetles pollinate the flower. The flower began to produce magenta petals the moment it begins to open. It takes the plant nearly a decade to be able to produce it’s first bloom. After the plant produces its first bloom it then can bloom every three to five years.

In 2014 it was said that nearly 1,000 visitors visited Orange Coast College to be able to see the 11 year old corpse flower named Little John. When the visitors come to Orange Coast College they are encouraged to make a $3 donation,which goes towards helping the college.

A webcam has been set up to provide a viewing experience to the visitors that don’t want to smell the plant. This is one experience that you won’t want to miss.

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