Corpse Plant Set to Bloom

An amorphophallus titanum plant, popularly known as the corpse plant, is being held at the Orange Coast College in the state of California. The plant, named Little Dougie, has been at Orange Coast since 2006. Officials at the college state that it is likely to bloom soon. The corpse plant comes from Sumatra, an Indonesian island in the pacific ocean. It gets name from the putrid smell that wreaks out when pollinated and blooming. People claim that it has the smell of a rotting body. The corpse plant weighs over 30 pounds, and can grow over 200 pounds. It is currently over five feet tall.

 

The Orange Coast College expects that the blooming will bring in a pretty large crowd. People from all over California are predicted to come, just to smell how bad it is. In 2014, another corpse plant brought in over 1,000 people. The College is currently encouraging all visitors to donate three dollars to help maintain the plant and keep it healthy. For people who do not want to come in contact with the plant and its unsettling smell, are offered a webcam viewing of the plant on the college website. It said by the college to be a rare event, since an amorphophallus titanum blooms only every four to five years.

 

The Orange Coast College is a community college in Orange County, California. It was established in 1947 ,after a local vote was taken for the development of a junior college in the Orange County area. The college provides affordable education for many different trades. As of now, it is the third largest college in Orange County.

 

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