Students and faculty at Orange Coast College are preparing for an exciting week as the Amorphophallus titanium plant begins blooming. The flower, also commonly known as the corpse flower, is unique with a scent that can be described perfectly with the flower’s common name. A Corpse flower takes almost a decade to show its first bloom, and then bloom only once every three to five years.
The flower will be placed on view at the school. Anyone interested in viewing the flower may do so until 6 p.m. nightly with a $3 entrance fee. Little Dougie, the name chosen for the plant, has been a resident of the OCC since 2006. He stands 5-foot tall, weighing about 30-pounds. This money is well-spent, however, as funding benefits
Orange Coast College is a 164-acre campus located in Costa Mesa CA. The college has been operating since 1948, with an annual enrollment of about 25,000 students. OCC offers students their choice of more than 135 academic programs. One program is special interest in the school’s nautical instruction. The program is one of the largest of its kind in the country.
Of the community colleges in the area, OCC has the highest number of student transfers to colleges like California State University and the University of California. Of course, students attending OCC also choose to further their education elsewhere; many attend private colleges.
The Corpse flower has leaves of magenta once blooming begins. It is a special occasion that more than 1,000 area resents witnessed firsthand during the last blooming. How many people will share in the joy of Little Dougie this year?