A flower that ‘smells’ like a corpse??

An online magazine that publishes County News here in America, the Orange County Register, featured an article about an exotic flower that produces a pungent scent like that of a corpse during its blooming period. The flower is said to at Orange Coast College, a community college situated 62 kilometers south of Los Angeles.

The flower is reported to be taking almost a decade to make its first bloom which only lasts for 24 to 48 hours. After which they can bloom every 3 to 4 years. The pungent odor is produced during the pollination process. It weighs over 30 pounds and stands five feet tall.


Due to its strange characters, the college is expecting scores of admirers on June 28, as the flower is supposed to bloom. The Amorphophallus titanium plant which has its origin on an Indonesian island, Sumatra, will be on display from 10.am to 6 p.m and will remain open for viewers until 10 p.m after its blooming, the magazine highlighted.


In 2014, Little John, a flower of the same species as the one above, attracted over 1000 visitors who visited the college to get a glimpse of the wonder. For this reason, visitors are encouraged to make a small donation of $3 towards supporting the college’s horticultural program. And for those who won’t make it to the school, the college has a webcam of the flower here orangecoastcollege.edu/corpseflower.

Orange Coast College is a community college located in Costa Mesa, minutes’ drive from southern California’s attractive beaches. Founded in 1947, the school has grown into among the top country’s finest colleges, admitting over 25,000 undergraduates every semester.


OCC has exceptional learning facilities and the latest at that. It also offers over 135 career programs, public nautical programs, the most coveted program. Besides, the college ranks the first in the Orange County’s community colleges in the number of first-year students joining the University of California and California State University. With its classes being offered in winter, summer, fall, and spring, all are fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.


Besides academic prowess, OCC boosts of active clubs, very competitive and an involving Associated Student Body. Campus news paper, the Coast Report, has been active since 1948.

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