The Amorphophallus Titanium flower is known colloquially as the Corpse Flower due to its intensely bad smell. It’s a tall, green plant with hairs that go straight up through the middle of it. Many fans of the flower visit the Orange Coast College campus this time of year in order to look at and smell this rare flowering plant.
The plant on the Orange Coast College campus was first planted in 2006 and is known to people as Little Dougie. It is now nearly five feet tall and has a weight of more than 30 pounds. The person who watches out for the plant is the college’s horticulture coordinator, Joe Stead. He has said that this type of plant can get to as large as 200 pounds when fully mature. He commented that it smells like something that is dead when it is blooming. Before Little Dougie, the college had one in their greenhouse. For that one they had to turn the fans on because of how intense the smells would get in that enclosed space.
The Corpse Flower won’t bloom until after the first 10 years. Each blooming lasts for one to two days and usually happens at night. Once it first blooms it will then do so every three to five years after that. Another Corpse Flower on campus, known as Little John, is eleven years old and the last time it bloomed in 2014 more than 1,000 people arrived at Orange Coast College in order to experience it.
Orange Coast College is a community college located in Costa Mesa, California. It has about 24,000 students that attend it each year. Many of the students earn an associates degree and then enroll at a 4-year university in order to acquire their bachelor’s degree.
The sports teams at Orange Coast College have earned a large number of championships over the years. The men’s rowing team has been highly successful and some of the rowers have been in the Summer Olympics. Their baseball team, men’s volleyball team, and beach volleyball team’s have also had a very good history of achievement.
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