Rare plant named after rock guitarist Jimi Hendrix
A new and rare species of succulent found only in Baja California was named Dudleya hendrixii after the guitar virtuoso. (Credit: Stephen McCabe / San Diego State University)
The Associated Press
Published Friday, December 16, 2016 7:47AM EST
Last Updated Friday, December 16, 2016 7:48AM EST
SAN DIEGO -- California researchers have named a newly discovered rare plant after Jimi Hendrix.
The plant, found in Baja California, Mexico, has been christened Dudleya hendrixii, or "Hendrix's liveforever."
Liveforevers are a kind of succulent with enormous lifespans.
This one is a stalky plant less than a foot tall with pinkish-white flowers that dies in summer and re-sprouts in fall.
San Diego State University says a former graduate student, Mark Dodero, discovered the plant -- supposedly while listening to Hendrix's song "Voodoo Child."
The university says Dodero and Stephen McCabe of the University of California, Santa Cruz, decided to name it for the late rock guitarist.
However, unlike Hendrix's music, the plant is in peril. San Diego State says its two-acre habitat is threatened by farming, off-road vehicles and development.