The Blooming of the Corpse Flower

At the Orange Coast College, there is a flower that is rare and smelly that will be blooming this week. This flower will attract numerous admirers who are hoping to get a whiff of its scent which is corpse-like. Also referred to as the corpse flower, The Amorphophallus titanium plant will be displayed at the administration building of the school, 2701 Fairview Road. People are welcome from 10 am to 6 pm beginning Wednesday, 28th June. Admirers will get the chance to stay up to 10pm once the flower starts to bloom. The Amorphophallus titanium plant, which is nicknamed Little Dougie, is approximately five feet tall and weighs more than 30 pounds.

The corpse flower has been in existence at the Costa Mesa College from 2006. According to the horticulture coordinator of the Costa Mesa College, Joe Stead, certain corpse flowers can weigh even up to 200 pounds. Andrea Rangno the college spokeswoman said that the corpse flowers are very beautiful when they bloom. The rare plant has its origin from Sumatra, an Indonesian Island and its smelly odor is as a result of bees pollinating inside the plant. Joe Stead stated that the pollination of the flower is done by hand. He further stated that the flower is known as a “corpse” because its smell is that of a dead thing. After blooming, the corpse flower has magenta petals, which resemble a skirt and surrounds the tall spadix of the plant.

Situated in Costa Mesa, the Orange Coast College was established in 1947. Close to the beautiful beaches of Southern California, the college has over the years grown to become one of the finest and largest community colleges in the nation. The Orange Coast College enrolls over 25,000 students every semester. The campus has outstanding facilities, features the latest technology and offers approximately 135 career and academic programs. Orange Coast College is a member of The Coast Community College District and is Western Association of Schools and Colleges accredited. The campus is also ranked the first among the community colleges in Orange County when it comes to the number of students that it gives transfers to the California State University and University of California systems.

Visit http://www.orangecoastcollege.edu/ to learn more.