Dudleya cymosa

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Dudleya cymosa
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Secure (NatureServe)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Saxifragales
Family: Crassulaceae
Genus: Dudleya
Species: D. cymosa
Binomial name
Dudleya cymosa
(Lem.) Britton & Rose

Echeveria cymosa

Dudleya cymosa is a succulent plant known by the common name canyon live-forever. The plant is found in rocky areas in the low elevations of California and southern Oregon mountains.


It is a distinctive plant sending up erect red-orange stems from a gray-green basal rosette. The small yellowish-red thimble-shaped flowers top the stems in a cyme inflorescence. Some subspecies are considered threatened locally.


Selected Dudleya cymosa subspecies:

  • D. c. subsp. costafolia - Pierpoint Springs dudleya
  • D. c. subsp. crebrifolia - San Gabriel River dudleya
  • D. c. subsp. marcescens - marcescent dudleya
  • D. c. subsp. ovatifolia - Santa Monica Mountains dudleya

The subspecies marcescens[1] and ovatifolia[2] are federally listed as threatened species of the United States.

Butterfly habitat[edit]

Dudleya cymosa is the larval host plant for the Sonoran blue butterfly, Philotes sonorensis (Lycaenidae)

Basal rosette, erect stems, and inflorescences


  1. ^ USFWS. ssp. marcescens. Species Profile.
  2. ^ USFWS. ssp. ovatifolia. Species Profile.


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