Rare Corpse Flower to Bloom at Orange Coast College

Rare Corpse Flower to Bloom at Orange Coast College

Located in Costa Mesa, California Orange Coast College is the third largest college in Orange County, based on population size. The college offers a variety of two-year associate of art and science degrees, lower-division classes (which are transferable to other colleges and universities), as well as certificates of achievement. The college currently enrolls 24,000 students.

Orange Coast College boasts 68 years of championship tradition in athletics. The college has won the Orange Empire Conference Sports Supremacy Award 26 times in the past 30 years. The trophy signifies the conference’s top overall men’s and women’s athletic program. Orange Coast College offers a wide array of sports for both men and women. Men’s teams include baseball, basketball, crew, cross country and football to name a few. Women’s teams include basketball, cheerleading/dance, cross country, golf, beach volley and soccer to name a few.

Starting June 28th, a rare prize other than a sports trophy, will be gracing the campus of Orange Coast College. A rare flower called the corpse flower will be on display at the school’s administration building on 2701 Fairview Road from 10 am-6 pm. Once the flower blooms, visitors will be allowed to stay and view the flower until 10 pm.

The corpse flower is named for it’s scent which is said to smell like a human corpse. The plant has been named “Little Dougie” and has been at the college for over ten years. “Little” Dougie is a massive plant, weighing in at thirty pounds and around five feet tall. Despite the smell, the plant produces a spectacular magenta bloom with a fleshy spike in the center. The bloom is so beautiful that in 2014 over 1,000 visitors came to Orange Coast College to get a view of “Little John,” an 11-year-old corpse flower housed by the college.

One can only imagine the crowds “Little Dougie” will draw. The spectacle has been long awaited by horticulturalists at the college, as corpse flowers take about a decade to make their first bloom. When visiting the flower, donations of $3.00 are much appreciated, and will go directly to the college’s horticulture scholarship program.

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