This summer a rare event happened at Orange Coast College. A rare stinky flower bloomed, drawing in visitors who wanted to experience the stench for themselves. The corpse flower, with the proper name “Amorphophallus titanum,” takes about a decade before its first bloom. Although it comes from the Indonesian island of Sumatra where beetles pollinate it to produce the strong smell, Orange Coast College has a plant nicknamed Little Dougie that they pollinate by hand.

The last corpse flower bloom at Orange Coast College took place in 2014 when Little John’s bloom drew in over 1,000 visitors. In preparation for the interest over Little Dougie’s bloom, Orange Coast College set up visiting hours and a webcam for people curious to see and smell the endangered plant.

As the name suggests, the smell is similar to that of a corpse, and is a surprising contrast to the beautiful magenta petals the flower produces in bloom. The large plant can grow to a weight of 200 lbs and the height of an adult. Little Dougie is 30 lbs but five feet tall. Learn more about Orange Coast College: and

Orange Coast College is a community college that was founded in 1947 with classes starting in 1948. It now has over 25,000 students at its location in beautiful Costa Mesa, California. The college’s mission is to provide affordable education for trade professions and general education classes to prepare students to transfer to California State Universities, University of California, or private colleges across the nation.

Orange Coast College is home to modern technology and state-of-the-art buildings. In the last few years they have been making updates to their buildings doing remodels and adding new buildings and facilities. They have been hard at work ensuring their students are well educated and provided with everything they need to succeed.