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Dudleya viscida

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About Sticky Dudleya (Dudleya viscida) Dudleya viscida is a rare succulent plant known by the common name sticky liveforever. This dudleya is endemic to southern California, where it is known from only about 20 occurrences in San Diego, Orange, and Riverside Counties. It is mainly found on coastal bluffs and inland chaparral rocky slopes. The Dudleya viscida plant has a basal clump of erect fleshy, pointed leaves which are nearly cylindrical or most often elliptical in cross section. They are pale green to yellow-green or red in color and covered in a sticky, oily exudate which has a faintly resinous scent. It grows erect stems with many-branched inflorescences, with each branch bearing up to 10 flowers. Each flower is pink to nearly white with red veining or streaks and protruding stamens between the pointed petals.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb, Succulent

Max. Height
0.25 - 1 ft (0.08 - 0.3 m)

Flower Color
Pink, White, Red

Native Status
Natural Setting
Elevation ?
20' - 2169'

Annual Precip. ?
10.7" - 21.1"

Summer Precip. ?
0.22" - 0.44"

Coldest Month ?
52.3° F - 56.4° F

Hottest Month ?
69.0° F - 76.8° F

Humidity ?
1.21 vpd - 22.03 vpd

Landscaping Information
Common uses
Bird Gardens, Hummingbird Gardens

Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

Other Names
Common Names
Sticky Liveforever

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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