At Orange Coast College in California, the corpse flower is on display for its expected bloom. The flower on display, called Little Dougie weighs over 30 pounds and is five feet tall. Listed as an endangered plant, the corpse flower originates from the Indonesian island of Sumatra. The administration building will house the corpse flower starting June 28, 2017. Visitors can see the flower once it blooms and may stay until closing at 10 p.m.


As the flower blooms it releases a repugnant odor, similar to the smell of death. The odor caused by beetles pollinating and moving pollen from male to female flowers. Since the corpse flower is housed indoors, the Orange Coast College pollinates it by hand. The corpse flower is unique from other flowers because it takes a decade for its first bloom to appear, with the bloom only lasting 24 to 48 hours. In 2014, the corpse flower named Little John brought over 1,000 guests in attendance at Orange Coast College. While admission for viewing the flower is free, a $3 donation is encouraged and appreciated to support the school’s horticulture program.


The Orange Coast College in Orange County, California gives the opportunity of earning a two-year associate of art and science degrees. Certifications can also be earned as well as separate program classes transferable to a California State University or University of California. Established in 1947, Orange Coast College is now the third largest college in Orange County, enrolling 24,000 undergraduate students. Among college rankings, Orange Coast College ranks 65th out of over 5,000 community college awarding associate degrees. The community college also ranks third in California for the University of California and California State University transfers.


Providing quality college education at the affordable price of $46 per unit, Orange Coast College typically has 60 units in a two-year degree program. The community college remains accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Specialized accreditation has been achieved from the American Dental Association and the American Dietetic Association. As of 2008, the community college remodeled the Lewis Science Building and added a Starbucks by the new Art Center.


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