The smell of rotting flesh will soon fill the air of Orange Coast College’s Administrative Building when the Amorphophallus Titanum plant that has been part of the horticultural department of the educational institution since 2006.
Although the “Corpse Flower” is well known for being a beautiful flower display, it is best known for recreating the smell of rotting flesh that can fill the air of any room with a smell so strong the students and staff at Orange Coast College were forced to run fans throughout the day when a different “Corpse Flower” bloomed in 2014.
One of the most impressive aspects of the flowering of the “Corpse Flower” is the magenta petals that surround the spadix central spike that will be seen for between 24 and 48 hours over the course of the first blooming that takes place after ten years of life.
Orange Coast College saw thousands of visitors arrive when “Little John”, the “Corpse Flower” bloomed in 2014 and will be followed by the blooming of “Little Dougie” this year; visitors will be allowed extended visiting hours until 10 p.m. when the flower blooms in the Orange Coast College Administrative Building, which will be open to visitors providing a $3 donation when entering.
Orange Coast College is one of the leading two-year colleges in the nation, ranking 65th in the nation for its successful transfer rate to four-year colleges, particularly to California State University and the University of California.
Over the life of the college, the weekly student operated the newspaper, “The Coast Report” has become one of the most respected in the nation with more than 5,000 copies produced each week for the student body of the institution.
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