Crassulaceae: Stonecrop Family — Dudleya
Dudleyas are an attractive species except when it comes to trying to identify them. Although some have clearly distinguishing characteristics, all of them hybridize readily and intergrades of at least four of the species found in Monterey are common. In some species, the caudex (the woody and persistent base of the plant) is visible beneath the leaves and its size can be an important element when it comes to identifying the plant. The height of the flower stem can be another important indicator.