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Tue Jun 24, 2014, 09:56 PM

After 11-year wait, rare corpse flower set to bloom in Costa Mesa

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-rare-corpse-flower-bloom-costa-mesa-20140623-story.html

For 11 years, the horticulture department at Orange Coast College has been dutifully cultivating a large plant indigenous to Sumatra.

The payoff: A huge flower with an extremely pungent smell -- but it's a less-than-pleasant one.

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The horticulture department doesn't know exactly when the corpse flower will open, but when it does, they'll have only a 24- to 48-hour window to pollinate it.

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The plant has been on display since Thursday in anticipation of the bloom, and will remain so until it happens.

More at link.



The horticulture department will be open to the public until 6:00 pm Wednesday. (Probably the same on the following day(s) until the flower has fully opened.)

Edit to add image: Thanks to DUer, rocktivity, I was able to post this picture of the corpse flower that is actually blooming at Orange Coast College!

Thank you, rocktivity!!

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Control-Z Jun 2014 OP
1000words Jun 2014 #1
Control-Z Jun 2014 #6
Xipe Totec Jun 2014 #2
1000words Jun 2014 #4
Xipe Totec Jun 2014 #5
Control-Z Jun 2014 #7
pinboy3niner Jun 2014 #10
Xipe Totec Jun 2014 #11
pinboy3niner Jun 2014 #14
Xipe Totec Jun 2014 #15
pinboy3niner Jun 2014 #17
Xipe Totec Jun 2014 #18
ut oh Jun 2014 #31
Xipe Totec Jun 2014 #43
pinboy3niner Jun 2014 #44
1000words Jun 2014 #13
Xipe Totec Jun 2014 #16
1000words Jun 2014 #30
Whisp Jun 2014 #12
Initech Jun 2014 #20
greatlaurel Jun 2014 #3
Control-Z Jun 2014 #8
greatlaurel Jun 2014 #22
Control-Z Jun 2014 #41
bluesbassman Jun 2014 #9
pinboy3niner Jun 2014 #19
Control-Z Jun 2014 #26
freshwest Jun 2014 #36
Joe Shlabotnik Jun 2014 #40
rocktivity Jun 2014 #21
Uncle Joe Jun 2014 #23
Control-Z Jun 2014 #28
Uncle Joe Jun 2014 #29
Control-Z Jun 2014 #27
rocktivity Jun 2014 #32
Control-Z Jun 2014 #48
Liberal Veteran Jun 2014 #24
pinboy3niner Jun 2014 #25
R B Garr Jun 2014 #38
Control-Z Jun 2014 #42
progressoid Jun 2014 #33
freshwest Jun 2014 #35
C Moon Jun 2014 #34
Throckmorton Jun 2014 #37
Blue Owl Jun 2014 #39
Princess Turandot Jun 2014 #45
pinboy3niner Jun 2014 #46
GreatCaesarsGhost Jun 2014 #47
lonestarnot Jun 2014 #49
rocktivity Jul 2014 #50
MFM008 Jul 2014 #51
rocktivity Jul 2014 #53
Blue Owl Jul 2014 #52

Response to Control-Z (Original post)

Tue Jun 24, 2014, 09:58 PM

1. Thanks for posting

 

Rec'd

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Response to 1000words (Reply #1)

Tue Jun 24, 2014, 10:07 PM

6. You're welcome!

I've updated my OP with a picture of the corpse flower, though not the one at OCC. I couldn't post their image for some reason.

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Response to Control-Z (Original post)

Tue Jun 24, 2014, 10:02 PM

2. Rotten timing. nt

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Response to Xipe Totec (Reply #2)

Tue Jun 24, 2014, 10:03 PM

4. Now, now ... don't cause a stink.

 

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Response to 1000words (Reply #4)

Tue Jun 24, 2014, 10:05 PM

5. ...


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Response to Xipe Totec (Reply #2)

Tue Jun 24, 2014, 10:10 PM

7. Ha!

Someone had to say it!

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Response to Xipe Totec (Reply #2)

Tue Jun 24, 2014, 10:16 PM

10. They're probably only off by a reek or so. nt

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Response to pinboy3niner (Reply #10)

Tue Jun 24, 2014, 10:18 PM

11. The pun corpse has arrived. nt

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Response to Xipe Totec (Reply #11)

Tue Jun 24, 2014, 10:21 PM

14. Don't exaggerate

So far we are only a retchiment.

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Response to pinboy3niner (Reply #14)

Tue Jun 24, 2014, 10:25 PM

15. Or a gaggle

A gaggle of punsters.

I think we've just invented a new term of venery.

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Response to Xipe Totec (Reply #15)

Tue Jun 24, 2014, 10:36 PM

17. Give me a minute to decompose my reply. nt

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Response to pinboy3niner (Reply #17)

Tue Jun 24, 2014, 10:43 PM

18. Make sure you properly compost it. nt

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Response to Xipe Totec (Reply #15)

Tue Jun 24, 2014, 11:44 PM

31. Shouldn't that be

a giggle of punsters?

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Response to ut oh (Reply #31)

Wed Jun 25, 2014, 06:15 AM

43. Puns don't make you giggle; they make you gag.


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Response to Xipe Totec (Reply #43)

Wed Jun 25, 2014, 06:23 AM

44. It's a reflex

Especially with my groaners.

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Response to pinboy3niner (Reply #10)

Tue Jun 24, 2014, 10:21 PM

13. Only Mother Nature nose, for sure.

 

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Response to 1000words (Reply #13)

Tue Jun 24, 2014, 10:30 PM

16. Snort!

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Response to Xipe Totec (Reply #16)

Tue Jun 24, 2014, 11:38 PM

30. There's a logical bridge from cadaver to anatomy

 

Just my two scents.

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Response to Xipe Totec (Reply #2)

Tue Jun 24, 2014, 10:20 PM

12. I wonder if the sepal to this will be just as good.

 

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Response to Xipe Totec (Reply #2)

Tue Jun 24, 2014, 10:54 PM

20. It stinks!

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Response to Control-Z (Original post)

Tue Jun 24, 2014, 10:03 PM

3. The titan arum is a fascinating plant.

Thanks for posting the link!

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Response to greatlaurel (Reply #3)

Tue Jun 24, 2014, 10:13 PM

8. My daughter has to be in Newport Beach tomorrow night.

Costa Mesa is on the way so she'll get to stop by and see/smell it! She loves this kind of thing.

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Response to Control-Z (Reply #8)

Tue Jun 24, 2014, 11:08 PM

22. That will be so cool.

It is great she will get a chance to see it!

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Response to greatlaurel (Reply #22)

Wed Jun 25, 2014, 01:13 AM

41. It really is great for her

since she gets so excited with the strange and bizarre.

I would enjoy seeing it myself - if I didn't have to smell it.

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Response to Control-Z (Original post)

Tue Jun 24, 2014, 10:14 PM

9. Would make a lovely bouquet for Cantor's going away party.

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Response to bluesbassman (Reply #9)

Tue Jun 24, 2014, 10:53 PM

19. He's still trying to stench the bleeding from that race

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Response to bluesbassman (Reply #9)

Tue Jun 24, 2014, 11:29 PM

26. It would. Though, I doubt his "friends" would even notice

the stench. Anyone who's been around him long enough probably expects the stink. Lol.

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Response to bluesbassman (Reply #9)

Wed Jun 25, 2014, 12:09 AM

36. Or Darth Cheney's next television appearance. It'll actually be an improvement, I'm sure...

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Response to freshwest (Reply #36)

Wed Jun 25, 2014, 12:55 AM

40. Perhaps 'Corpse Flower' was W's affectionate nickname for Cheney.

Since Turd Blossom was already taken.

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Response to Control-Z (Original post)

Tue Jun 24, 2014, 11:03 PM

21. How far apart are the contractions?


rocktivity

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Response to rocktivity (Reply #21)

Tue Jun 24, 2014, 11:11 PM

23. Can you do that with pretty much any image,

just add .jpg to the end of the URL to enable transferring it?

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Response to Uncle Joe (Reply #23)

Tue Jun 24, 2014, 11:34 PM

28. No. It has to be a jpg image for that to work.

As opposed to other image formats like png, or gif.

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Response to Control-Z (Reply #28)

Tue Jun 24, 2014, 11:37 PM

29. I tried to post a png image here yesterday but I could never get it to work. n/t

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Response to rocktivity (Reply #21)

Tue Jun 24, 2014, 11:31 PM

27. Thanks! I posted the OP

from my phone and grew impatient rather quickly.

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Response to Control-Z (Reply #27)

Tue Jun 24, 2014, 11:49 PM

32. The pic didn't post because it didn't have .jpg at the end.

If you right click and copy the image location on the pic in my post, or put in http://www.trbimg.com/img-53a8a336/turbine/la-me-ln-rare-corpse-flower-bloom-costa-mesa-2-001/750/16x9@.jpg without the @, it should post into your OP.


rocktivity

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Response to rocktivity (Reply #32)

Wed Jun 25, 2014, 07:51 PM

48. Thanks, rocktivity!

I fixed it yesterday in my OP - and thanked you there - but it occurs to me now that you might not have seen it.

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Response to Control-Z (Original post)

Tue Jun 24, 2014, 11:15 PM

24. That would make a delightful centerpiece for a dinner party.

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Response to Liberal Veteran (Reply #24)

Tue Jun 24, 2014, 11:25 PM

25. The invite said "RSVP" so I replied "RSPU!"

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Response to pinboy3niner (Reply #25)

Wed Jun 25, 2014, 12:20 AM

38. LOL, that's funny. RSPU :)

I'm in the area and will check it out. Thanks for the thread, Control Z-- very cool thing to see, and since it's so close, why not!

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Response to R B Garr (Reply #38)

Wed Jun 25, 2014, 01:18 AM

42. My thoughts exactly!

It doesn't seem that often when the cool things are in my area.

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Response to Control-Z (Original post)

Tue Jun 24, 2014, 11:59 PM

33. Feed Me Seymore!

&feature=kp

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Response to progressoid (Reply #33)

Wed Jun 25, 2014, 12:05 AM

35. Ah, hah, a cult classic!

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Response to Control-Z (Original post)

Wed Jun 25, 2014, 12:00 AM

34. Beautiful.

But I worked at Forest Lawn for 3 years (in my 20's) delivering flowers to crypts, niches and graves.
I'll pass on experiencing the flower's fragrance.

I heard about the flower every now and then when I lived in Pasadena, but I'd never seen it before: it's amazing looking.

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Response to Control-Z (Original post)

Wed Jun 25, 2014, 12:16 AM

37. Wow, I am in Costa Mesa this week

And they now have a bad smell.

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Response to Control-Z (Original post)

Wed Jun 25, 2014, 12:33 AM

39. This really needs to be the official flower of the GOP

n/t

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Response to Control-Z (Original post)

Wed Jun 25, 2014, 06:27 AM

45. And without a rehearsal...nt

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Response to Princess Turandot (Reply #45)

Wed Jun 25, 2014, 06:34 AM

46. It's a very professional putrescpian. nt

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Response to Control-Z (Original post)

Wed Jun 25, 2014, 09:39 AM

47. Looks like a flower, smells like a Bush.

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Response to Control-Z (Original post)

Wed Jun 25, 2014, 08:07 PM

49. P. U. Cooooooooooooool.

 

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Response to Control-Z (Original post)

Tue Jul 29, 2014, 05:57 PM

50. Update -- it bloomed a few days later

http://www.latimes.com/local/orangecounty/la-me-corpse-flower-20140625-story.html



A 24-hour live feed can be seen at http://orangecoastcollege.edu/corpseflower -- a really good idea, because I still think this story was planted.


rocktivity

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Response to Control-Z (Original post)

Tue Jul 29, 2014, 06:39 PM

51. great

a stinky plant that looks like a dil uh a banana.

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Response to MFM008 (Reply #51)

Thu Jul 31, 2014, 03:58 PM

53. Thanks for noting that there are children present, LOL n/t


rocktivity

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Response to Control-Z (Original post)

Tue Jul 29, 2014, 07:26 PM

52. Just in time for Sarah Palin's TV premiere

n/t

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