Orange Coast College often sees visitors to its horticultural Department, but the educational institution expects to see a rise in the number of visitors in the coming weeks as a specimen of the so-called “Corpse Flower” comes into bloom. The “Corpse Flower” is well known for its foul smell said to be reminiscent of rotting flesh, which is where the name “Corpse Flower” comes from; the smell will be available for visitors as members of the Orange Coast College Horticultural Department state they have been forced to turn on fans for four to five hours per day to be able to work in the growing environment.
Visitors are being asked to provide a donation of just $3 to access the flower, which is on display in the Administrative Building of the Orange Coast College campus, which has regular visiting hours of 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Orange Coast College has announced visiting hours to view the “Corpse Flower” known as “Little Dougie” will be extended to 10 p.m. each day once the plant comes into bloom; the 24 to 48 hour flowering of Amorphophallus Titanum usually takes place in the evening and will last for between 24 and 48 hours.
This is not the first “Corpse Flower” to bloom at Orange Coast College, in 2014, the specimen known as “Little John” flowered and saw thousands of visitors visit the campus to view and smell the flower. One of the reasons for the popularity of the “Corpse Flower” is the fact the first flowering comes after around a decade of life and is followed by the flower appearing every three to five years in the years following the first bloom.
The Horticultural Department of Orange Coast College has recently seen its areas of expertise grow with the addition of the Rabbit Island site in the Georgia Strait off British Columbia, Canada. Within the 38 acre site, Orange Coast College has developed a sailing program and island ecology courses taking place largely through the Summer semester.
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