This is one of four subspecies of Dudleya cymosa
in Southern California, one which is confined to the Transverse Ranges
of the San Gabriels and San Bernardinos. It arises from a caudex usually
3/8" to 3/4" wide with a stem that has 0 to few branches.
The leaves are glabrous and fleshy like other Dudleyas, are crowded
in a basal rosette and reduced upward, and are diamond-shaped-oblanceolate
to spoon-shaped with tips that are short-acuminate to sharp. The floral stems are slender, somewhat
reddish and 2"-10" tall, and what really distinguishes this
species from the larger D. lanceolata which it otherwise resembles
is that the terminal inflorescence branches are from 3/8" to 1-1/8"
long (mostly toward the shorter dimension), as opposed to from 1"
to 4-1/2". Each inflorescence is 3-6-flowered with bright
yellow to red petals. This species can be found on rocky cliffs and
slopes to 7500', blooming from April to July. These pictures were taken
on the Mt. Wilson Trail above Sierra Madre.
Click here for Latin name derivations: 1) Dudleya 2)
Pronunciation: DUD-lee-a sy-MO-sa sy-MO-sa PEW-mil-a.
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