Orange Coast College Features Unusual Plant

A plant that smells like a corpse bloomed in June at Orange Coast College. This plant attracted hundreds of visitors that wanted to get a whiff of its scent. Known as the amorphophallus titanum plant or corpse flower it was on display for visitors on June 28. The plant weighs over 30 pounds and is almost five feet tall. Some of these plants weigh over 200 pounds.


The plant is from the island of Sumtra and is an endangered species. The odor is caused when beetles crawl inside the plant and pollinate it. It is when they move the pollen from male to female. The Orange Gold Coast College staff pollinates the plant themselves.


When the plant blooms it has magenta petals that resemble a skirt. The blooming usually occurs at night. The blooming only last 24 to 48 hours and occurs every five years. The plant is located in Orange Coast College in the Fullerton Arboretum.


Gold Coast College is a community college with 164 acres in Costa Mesa, CA. It has 135 academic and career choices for students to choose from. It is known for its School of Sailing and Seamanship. It provides training and certification in sailing and power boating.


The college enrolls over 25,000 student in different academic disciplines. It offers business and computing, consumer and health sciences, mathematics and sciences, social and behavioral sciences, visual and performing arts, and technology. It is one of largest community colleges in the US.


They have many activities for students, clubs, athletics, student government, bookstore, newspaper, and library. Their food service program has the Student Center cafe, and the Coast Snack Shak that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Games On serves burgers and convenience food, The Barbecue Grove offers a light breakfast or lunch, and they have a Starbucks.
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