The Amorphophallus titanium plant commonly known as a corpse flower will be a point of interest this coming week at Orange Coast College. The plant is affectionately referred to as “Little Dougie” and some of its species can weigh up to 200 pounds. The Flower will bloom with magenta petals, typically reaching full bloom in the evening and can last between 24-48 hours. The special bloom is a popular attraction for guests to the college who came out 1,000 strong in 2014 to view a corpse flower.
The beautiful flower originally is found in Sumatra, an island of Indonesia. The odor of the plant is a result of pollination from symbiotic beetles moving between male and female flowers. Orange Coast College pollinates the flower by hand. For those interested in taking a trip to Orange Coast College are invited to donate $3 to help support the school’s horticulture program.Those who prefer the smell can view a webcam of the plant at orangecoastcollege.edu/corpseflower.
The horticulture program is a component of many of the offerings to the Associated Student Body at OCC. This college is primarily a commuter college serving local people and therefore on-campus housing is not available. There is an enrollment of 24,000+ students with the majority of them coming from California.
Orange Coast College is among the top transfer colleges in the country and ranks 65th out of more than 5,000 community colleges in the US. OCC proudly boasts the highest ranking of Orange County community colleges that it transfers to University of California and California State University systems. The school is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
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