California Succulents Attract Native Plant Enthusiasts ... and Smugglers

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Dudleyas are being poached from California's coastline. (Photo: John Rusk/Flickr)

Dudleyas are squat succulent plants with red-tipped silvery leaves that grow along California's rocky coastline, sprouting stalks of brightly colored flowers during the spring bloom season. They're also an ongoing target of plant poachers, who've been illegally uprooting dudleyas for distribution as far away as China and South Korea. We'll talk about what's driving global demand for the plants and what's being done to protect them.

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Daniel Gluesenkamp, executive director, California Native Plant Society