Rare, long-lived plant named after rock guitarist Jimi Hendrix

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Rare, long-lived plant named after rock guitarist Jimi Hendrix

Rare, long-lived plant named after rock guitarist Jimi Hendrix

SAN DIEGO – California researchers have named a newly discovered rare plant after Jimi Hendrix.

FILE - In this 1970 file photo, musician Jimi Hendrix performs on the Isle of Wight in England. A newly discovered rare plant has been named after 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. (AP Photo/File)FILE – In this 1970 file photo, musician Jimi Hendrix performs on the Isle of Wight in England. A newly discovered rare plant has been named after 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. (AP Photo/File) 

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 UC 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.

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Published at Fri, 16 Dec 2016 20:59:52 +0000