CPC Plant Profile: Variegated Dudleya
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Variegated Dudleya (Dudleya variegata)

Description
  • Global Rank: G2 - Imperiled
  • Legal Status: N/A
  • Family: Crassulaceae
  • State: CA
  • Nature Serve ID: 131714
  • Date Inducted in National Collection: 01/17/2019

The variegated dudleya is a perennial herb that is native to California and Baja California, usually found within chaparral, valley grassland, foothill woodland, and coastal sage scrub communities (It is also occasionally found in freshwater wetland communities). This fleshy succulent forms a small cluster of leaves around a small stem. This plant can further be identified by its thick, spoon-shaped leaves, along with its branching stem that grows up to 20 centimeters tall and splits into nearly-long branches. Each branch bears several flowers with long, yellow petals. Development and grazing serve as a significant threat to this species. Invasive species may also serve as a threat, and as a result the variegated dudleya has been included in the CNPS Inventory of Rare and Endangered Plants on list 1B.2 (rare, threatened, or endangered in CA and elsewhere) (CNPS 2011).

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Updates
  • 09/01/2020
  • Orthodox Seed Banking

Based on an September 2020 extract of the California Plant Rescue Database, San Diego Zoo Global holds 4 accessions of Dudleya variegata in orthodox seed collection. There are as many as 55393 seeds of this species in their collection - although some may have been used for curation testing or sent to back up.

  • 09/01/2020
  • Orthodox Seed Banking

Based on an September 2020 extract of the California Plant Rescue Database, California Botanic Garden holds 1 accessions of Dudleya variegata in orthodox seed collection. There are as many as 3514 seeds of this species in their collection - although some may have been used for curation testing or sent to back up.

  • 08/05/2020
  • Seed Collection

Based on an August 2020 extract of the California Plant Rescue Database, San Diego Zoo Global has collected 4 seed accessions of Dudleya variegata from 4 plant occurrences listed in the California Natural Diversity Database. These collections together emcompass 559 maternal plants

  • 08/05/2020
  • Seed Collection

Based on an August 2020 extract of the California Plant Rescue Database, California Botanic Garden has collected 1 seed accessions of Dudleya variegata from 1 plant occurrences listed in the California Natural Diversity Database. These collections together emcompass an unknown number of maternal plants

Nature Serve Biotics
  • 05/02/2017

Dudleya variegata occurs along a narrow range from southwestern San Diego County, California south to Baja California, Mexico. Threats include development and grazing.

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Nomenclature
Taxon Dudleya variegata
Authority (S. Wats.) Moran
Family Crassulaceae
CPC Number 1532
ITIS 502182
USDA DUVA
Common Names Variegated dudleya | Variegated liveforever
Associated Scientific Names Dudleya variegata | Hasseanthus variegatus | Sedum variegatum
Distribution native to California and Baja California
State Rank
State State Rank
California S2
Habitat

Variegated dudleya is associated with clay soils near the coast in southwestern San Diego County and northwestern Baja California, Mexico (Reiser 2001). There are 34 known occurrences on Conserved Lands. It occurs in openings in sage scrub and chaparral, isolated rocky substrates in open grasslands, and occasionally in clay soils in close proximity to vernal pools.

Ecological Relationships

Pollinators
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Reintroduction
Lead Institution State Reintroduction Type Year of First Outplanting

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