Visitors to the Orange Coast College (OCC) can watch the rare spectacle of the 11-year old corpse flower bloom and open like a skirt this week. The exhibition will attract thousands of spectators who love being close to the unique, smelly plant as it gives out a corpse-like and an almost unbearable odor.
The Mystical Corpse Flower and a Repugnant Stench
Also known by the scientific name Amorphophallus titanum, the corpse flower is an almost extinct plant that originated from the Indonesian island of Sumatra. The plant, at the school since 2006, will produce a foul, nauseating odor once beetles pollinate. The revolting stench becomes worse as the beetles move the pollen from the plant’s male to female flowers.
Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, will allow visitors to view the magical scene at the school’s administration premises, 2701 Fairview Road, between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. from Wednesday, June 28. OCC in Costa Mesa, California, is the third largest college in Orange County. The institution is about 40 miles south of Los Angeles.
200-Pound Corpse Plant
The plant that scientists refer by the nickname Little Dougie can weigh up to 200 pounds and grow as high as 5 feet. Andrea Rangno, the OCC spokeswoman, said, “The stunningly beautiful Little Dougie is a sight to behold.”
Flower Smelling like Dead Bodies
Joe Stead, the horticulture manager at OCC, explains how the plant that produces magenta petals around its tall spike blooms in the evening may take a 24 to 48 before displaying a skirt-like flower pattern. The first blooming takes about ten years to occur. After the first blooming, the plant can bloom every three to five years. The flower takes around a decade to make its first bloom, which can last anywhere from 24 to 48 hours. After that, the plant can bloom every three to five years.
Orange Coast College in Orange County, CA, is a community college that was started in 1947 and had its first classes in 1948. OCC offers a 2-year associate of art and science degrees. Currently, there are about 24,000 undergraduate students at OCC.
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