Leafl. W. Bot. 7: 110. 1953,.
Corms subglobose to oblong, 1–3 cm × 3–15 mm. Leaves 4–12; petiole 0.5–3 mm wide, to 1/3 as wide as blade; blade blue-green or yellow-green, oblanceolate to spatulate, 1–7 cm × 3–11 mm, 1.5–4 mm thick, base 1–6 mm wide, apex acute to rounded, surfaces not glaucous. Inflorescences: cincinni 2–11-flowered, 2–15 cm; floral shoots 5–20 cm × 0.5–2 mm at base, to 3 mm wide at middle; leaves 10–26, ascending, blade triangular-ovate to -lanceolate, 0.5–3 cm × 3–10 mm, 2–5 mm thick, apex acute to obtuse. Flowers mostly odorless; petals connate 0.5–1 mm, spreading from near middle, bright yellow (fading whitish), often red-lineolate on keel, elliptic, 5–8 × 2–3.5 mm, apex acute, corolla ca. 8–15 mm diam.; pistils separate, suberect; ovary 2.5–5 mm; styles 1.5–2 mm. Follicles widespreading, with adaxial margins nearly horizontal. 2n = 34.
Phenology: Flowering late spring.
Habitat: Hillsides and especially mesas with heavy clay soil, rarely at edge of salt marshes
Elevation: 0-500 m
Calif., Mexico (Baja California).
Of conservation concern.
Dudleya variegata is endemic to an area some 80 kilometers long, from near San Diego into northwest Baja California, much of it urban; it is considered fairly threatened in California (California Native Plant Society, http://cnps.web.aplus.net/cgi-bin/inv/inventory.cgi). In Baja California, it hybridizes with D. attenuata subsp. attenuata (R. V. Moran 1951).