The Corpse Flower is Ready to Bloom Again


Visitors are making their way to Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa to smell the incredibly off putting smell of an endangered flower.

The Amorphophallus titanum, or corpse flower, began to bloom yesterday and when it does boooooooyyyyyyy do you know it...the smell is likened to that of a rotting corpse.

This specific plant is nicknamed Little Dougie and has been at the college for almost 11 years.

School horticulture coordinator Joe Stead say the plant weighs over 30 pounds and is almost five feet tall.

“The last one we had, we had it in the greenhouse. We had to turn the fans on and it was really intense for probably four or five hours.”

The plant originates from the Indonesian island of Sumatra, and its horrific odor is caused when beetles pollinate and crawl inside the plant and move the pollen from the male to female flowers.

During one of the last times the flower bloomed in Orange County, it was in 2014 and over 1,000 guests ran over to catch a whiff.

For the "brave" among you, you can visit the flower at the school and they encourage visitors to make a $3 donation to support the school’s scholarships in the horticulture program.

Anyone else who knows better, you can watch the bloom and avoid the smell by checking out their live feed at orangecoastcollege.edu/corpseflower.


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