Corpse Flower Blooms at Orange Coast College

Rare but stinky flower bloomed this month at Orange Coast College. The Amorphophallus titanum plant, also known as the ‘corpse flower’, was on display in the school’s administration building starting Wednesday, June 28th. The 30 pound plant, coming in at almost five feet tall, has been at the Costa Mesa college since 2006 and was nicknamed ‘Little Dougie.’ Originally from the Indonesian island of Sumatra, this endangered plant is known for its repugnant odor caused by pollinating beetles. The flower, which usually blooms in the evening, takes around a decade to make its first bloom, which lasts between 24 and 48 hours. After the initial bloom, the corpse flower blooms every three to five years.


Orange Coast College, a community college located in Orange County, California, was first founded in 1947. It provides two-year associates degrees and boasts over 20,000 undergraduate students. It is one of three in the Coast Community College District, is the third largest college in Orange County, and provides inexpensive education in the trades, licensed trades, and skilled professions. It boasts active on-campus clubs, competitive sports and recreational teams, and an involved student association.


In 2008, a new library was opened, the Lewis Science Building remodeled, and a Starbucks built in the new Art Center. It also boasts a 120-seat planetarium, and a Math, Business, and Computing Center. It has over 100 programs, ranging from Business & Computing to Visual and Performing Arts. It also offers certificate programs in aviation science, culinary arts, computer programming, childhood education, and interior design, among many others. The OCC is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges. It also has special accredidation by the American Dental Association, the Dietetic Association, and the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology.


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