Orange Coast College is a typical community college. They have about 25,000 students, and don’t charge the exorbitant prices of higher end colleges. In Orange County, this is the third largest community college. There’s not a lot that doesn’t happen here. Most of their students are undergraduates looking to get college experience under their belts for less than typical pricing. With their mascot as Pete the Pirate, it’s not surprising that they have one of the stinkiest flowers on earth on their campus.
They have a corpse flower – also known as the Amorphophallus titanum. The flower gets its nickname from the smell it produces when it flowers. It is said to smell like a corpse that’s beginning to rot. In June 2017, it bloomed again. This is something rare for a student, a once-in-a-college-time experience.
After the initial bloom of the corpse flower (which takes a decade to mature), the flower will bloom again once every three to five years. Most college students are only at a community college for two to four years. They will only see it bloom – and smell the bloom too – once unless they live around the area. If they don’t live in the area, Orange Coast College has set up a webcam to let people see the bloom. If they live in the area and don’t want to smell it, they can also view this webcam.
This is considered the smelliest flower. For Orange Coast College to have one on their campus is amazing, and there is nothing more interesting to a botany student than a rare flower.
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