Rare Plant Showcased at Orange Coast College

Founded in 1947, Orange Coast College is a 165-acre campus located in Costa Mesa, California, just minutes from the beautiful coastal beaches. It has grown into one of the highest-attended community colleges in the country, with student enrollment exceeding 20,000 students most semesters. The college features the latest in technical facilties, and offers over 135 academic and career programs, including one of the nation’s most acclaimed nautical programs.

 

Orange Coast College ranks first among all of Orange County’s community colleges, based on the sheer number of students who transfer from the school and into the state’s University system. The college offers classes throughout fall, spring, summer and winter, and is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The mission of the college is to provide students with the opportunity for an affordable college education, and learn a licensed trade or skilled profession to improve their future. Students at OCC have access to various clubs, competitive sports teams, and student body organizations to round out their on-campus experience.

 

A recent newsworthy event occurred which brought wide-spread attention to the college. Their 11-year-old Amorphophallus titanium, better known as a ‘corpse flower’ plant, was placed on display in front of the administration building. College Horticulture coordinator, Joe Stead, said the endangered plants can grow to over five feet tall, and weight over 200 pounds when fully grown.

 

Originally from the Indonesian island of Sumatra, the campus’s specimen is fondly named ‘Dougie’, and was due to bloom of late. The flower’s petals are a bright magenta color surrounding the yellow center spike, and are beautiful to view, but not so beautiful to smell. The first showy, smelly event takes place when the plant is around 10 years old, generally in the evening time, with the bloom only lasting for 24-48 hours. After that, the plants usually bloom every three to five years.

To learn more, visit http://www.orangecoastcollege.edu/.

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