New Plant Species Named After Rock Legend Jimi Hendrix

Posted: Dec 18 2016, 7:56am CST | by , Updated: Dec 18 2016, 8:03am CST, in News | Latest Science News

 

New Plant Species Named After Rock Legend Jimi Hendrix
New and rare species of plant named Dudleya hendrixii. Credit: Stephen McCabe
 

The plant is found only in a small area in Baja California, Mexico

Researchers have recently paid tribute to rock legend Jimi Hendrix by naming a new plant species after him.

The plant, named Dudleya hendrixii, is found only in Baja California, Mexico and can grow up to 1 foot tall. D hendrixii, is a thin, stalky plant with pinkish-white succulent flowers. These tiny flowers die in summer and bloom again in fall. 

The plant was discovered by Mark Dodero who was then a graduate student at San Diego State University and now he is working as a senior biologist at a San Diego environmental consulting firm.

Dodero was listening to Hendrix’s song "Voodoo Child" at the very moment he found the rare plant.  He and study co-author Stephen McCabe decided to name it after Jimi Hendrix. 

Unfortunately, the newly discovered plant is already in danger of becoming extinct. The plant grows only a couple of acre areas and factors like grazing, farming, construction of housing society and presence of vehicles off the road combined could wipe out the entire species. Study authors urge Mexican officials and conservation groups to take all necessary steps to protect the threatened plant species and to expand its popultion. 

“It’s the Mexican equivalent of an endangered species, although they don’t use the same criteria we do in the United States.” Study co-author Michael Simpson, a plant biologist at San Diego State University, said in a statement.

It's not the first time that scientists have honored a newly discovered plant species with the name of singer. In 2012, researchers from Duke University in North Carolina have named 19 different species of fern after Lady Gaga.

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