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Rare plant named after rock guitarist Jimi Hendrix

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San Diego, United States  /  Fri, December 16, 2016  /  02:16 pm
Rare plant named after rock guitarist Jimi Hendrix

This May 1969 photo made by Stephen McCabe at the age of 15 shows musician Jimi Hendrix performing at the Santa Clara County, Calif., Folk Rock Festival. McCabe, now a San Diego State University researcher, is one of those responsible for naming of a newly discovered rare plant after Hendrix. The plant, found in Baja California, Mexico, has been christened Dudleya hendrixii, or "Hendrix's liveforever." Liveforevers are a kind of succulent with enormous lifespans. (AP/Stephen McCabe)

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."

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.