Orange Coast College has been the site of a number of important events and options in the past, but in the Summer of 2017 the main attraction for visitors to the Costa Mesa College will be the blooming of a so-called “Corpse Flower“. The “Corpse Flower”, known by its Latin name Amorphophallus titanum, is an endangered species, but the majority of visitors will attend the Administrative Center exhibit to smell the corpse like odor the plant has become known for around the world.
First gifted to the college in 2006, “Little Dougie“, as the plant has become known can grow to around 200 pounds in weight and takes around ten years to come into bloom for the first time; after its first blooming the “Corpse Flower” comes into bloom every four to five years. “Little Dougie” is the second “Corpse Flower” from Orange Coast College to come into bloom after the 2014 flowering of “Little John” at the age of 11.
Although the best-known feature of the “Corpse Flower” is the strong smell, it also produces an impressive display around its impressive central spike with a magenta petal surrounding it. The Horticultural Department of Orange Coast College will benefit from the arrival of the expected thousands of visitors looking to see the flower, which should last between 24 and 48 hours in the Administrative Building of the educational institution and can be viewed for a $3 donation.
Orange Coast College has a long history of achieving success since it was established in 1947 on the site of a former army base in Orange County and is largely funded by the state of California to provide low-cost tuition for courses lasting up to two years. One of the most successful institutions in Calfornia, Orange Coast College has established one of the most respected rowing programs in the U.S. with a number of national titles won against the teams larger four-year colleges with a history of rowing dating back over 100 years.
To learn more, visit http://www.orangecoastcollege.edu/.