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Rare plant named after rock guitarist Jimi Hendrix

/ 09:12 AM December 16, 2016
This undated photo provided by San Diego State University shows a newly discovered rare plant that researches have named after famed rock guitarist Jimi Hendrix. The plant, found in Baja California, Mexico, has been christened Dudleya hendrixii, or "Hendrix's liveforever." Liveforevers are a type of succulent with long 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. The blossoms are tiny; the white flower at right is about a half-inch in diameter. (Stephen McCabe/San Diego State University via AP)

This undated photo provided by San Diego State University shows a newly discovered rare plant that researches have named after famed rock guitarist Jimi Hendrix. The plant, found in Baja California, Mexico, has been christened Dudleya hendrixii, or “Hendrix’s liveforever.” Liveforevers are a type of succulent with long 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. The blossoms are tiny; the white flower at right is about a half-inch in diameter. (Stephen McCabe/San Diego State University via AP)

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.”

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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.

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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.

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