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Dudleya gnoma

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About Munchkin Liveforever (Dudleya gnoma) Dudleya gnoma is a rare species of succulent plant in the stonecrop family known by the common names munchkin liveforever and munchkin dudleya. It is endemic to Santa Rosa Island, one of the Channel Islands of California, where it is known from one single population containing about 3200 plants. The population was discovered in the 1950s and assumed to be a relative of Dudleya greenei, a plant also occurring on the island which is similar but larger and contains the same number of chromosomes. The plant was not described to science until 1997. The population is protected from nearby grazing cattle by a fence. It still faces threats from deer, which can get past the fence, a limited gene pool, and the fact that a single severe event such as a drought, could eliminate the single population. Though rare in the wild, this dudleya is kept in cultivation by gardeners and enthusiasts of succulents, and a cultivar called 'White Sprite' is popular. This is a compact plant growing from a caudex topped with clumps of leaf rosettes each measuring up to 5 centimeters wide and containing up to 20 small leaves. The fleshy triangular leaves are green, red-tinged, or white with waxy, powdery coating of exudate. Each leaf is up to about 2 centimeters long by 1 wide. The plant produces an inflorescence up to about 13 centimeters tall and studded with small triangular leaves. It bears up to 10 flowers, each less than a centimeter long and containing yellow petals.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb, Succulent

Max. Height
0.8 in (2 cm)

Flower Color

Native Status
Natural Setting
Elevation ?
30' - 366'

Annual Precip. ?
12.8" - 12.8"

Summer Precip. ?
0.17" - 0.17"

Coldest Month ?
54.5° F - 54.6° F

Hottest Month ?
62.3° F - 66.7° F

Humidity ?
1.45 vpd - 10.32 vpd

Landscaping Information
Ease of Care
Moderately Easy

Common uses
Bird Gardens, Hummingbird Gardens

Nursery Availability
Rarely Available

Other Names
Common Names
Munchkin Dudleya

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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