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Tue Jun 24, 2014, 09:56 PM

After 11-year wait, rare corpse flower set to bloom in Costa Mesa [View all]

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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