Dudleya brittonii

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Dudleya brittonii
Dudleya Brittonii.jpg
Dudleya brittonii at the Wave Hill public garden, Bronx, New York
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Saxifragales
Family: Crassulaceae
Genus: Dudleya
Species: D. brittonii
Binomial name
Dudleya brittonii
Johans.

Dudleya brittonii (DUD-lee-yuh brit-TON-ee-eye), with common names Britton's dudleya and Giant Chalk Dudleya, is a succulent plant in the Crassulaceae family. It is native to Baja California, Mexico.

Description[edit]

The leaves of Dudleya brittonii grow in a basal rosette and are covered with a dusty, chalky, mealy white epicuticular “wax”. The wax in its mealy state on the leaves is attracted to water and coats drops on the leaves and prevents their evaporation. The wax has the highest measured ultraviolet reflectivity of any plant.[1]

Dudleya brittonii is similar in appearance to Dudleya pulverulenta, native to California.

Cultivation[edit]

Dudleya brittonii is cultivated as an ornamental plant for use in well drained rock gardens and as a potted succulent. [2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Spectral Properties of Heavily Glaucous and Non-Glaucous Leaves of a Succulent Rosette-Plant, Thomas W. Mulroy, Oecologia, 1979, [1]
  2. ^ San Marcos Growers

External links[edit]