Orange Coast College: Home to the Corpse Flower

Located in Costa Mesa, California, Orange Coast College is one of the nations largest community colleges. The school began holding classes in 1948 and currently offers two year associates degrees and certificates of achievement. They enroll more than 25,000 students every semester, and they lead other local community colleges in the number of students they send on to four year universities.

Located on a 164-acre campus, Orange Coast College is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and is part of the Coast Community College District, which is made up of three community colleges total. The school has a wide array of sporting activities available to its students, including baseball, basketball, crew, cross country, tennis, and women’s beach volleyball, to name a few. Orange Coast College also opened a new library in the past decade, built an on-campus Starbucks, and remodeled their student center.

In addition to their athletics and academics, Orange Coast College is gaining some notice around this time of year due to a rare flower located in their administration building that only blooms once every 3-5 years and is nicknamed the ‘corpse flower’ due to its smelly nature. The flower is over 5 feet tall and weighs almost 30 pounds- some of these plants can grow to weigh up to 200 pounds!

The ‘corpse flower‘ originates from the island of Sumatra and is an endangered plant. When it opens, it has bright magenta petals and typically happens in the evening. At Orange Coast College, once the plant blooms, it can be observed until 6 pm. Because of the smell, however, the horticulture department at Orange Coast College is offering views to the public via webcam on their website. This specific plant is being called “Little Dougie”, and its predecessor, “Little John”, was visited by over 1,000 people. The school is encouraging the visiting public to make a $3 donation to the horticulture department when visiting the plant.

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