illuminated from behind
Description: Cheridopsis pillansii is a
small cushion forming and low growing leaf succulent.
Stems: Very short with only 2 or 4 leaves.
Leaves: Pale grey, fat, succulent with rounded ends and many dark
dots (translucent in backlight) each up
4,5 cm long. The new leaves are shaped like a pair of cupped hands and
appear from within the old leaf pair fissure which gives the impression
of the plant having sets of alternate
appressed leaves. Leaves are
Flowers: Large, scented, up to 6 cm in diameter, usually
yellow, but also pinkish or orange in colour.
Blooming season: Autumn.
Remarks: The Cheiridopsis
is dormant in summer.
Family: Mesebrianthemaceae (Aizoaceae)
Cheiridopsis pillansii L.Bolus
Origin: Little Namaqualand, , Northern Cape, South
Conservation status: Listed in
CITES appendix 2.
Cheiridopsis is easy to grow. These plants grow in winter rain areas and
head for dormancy in summer. Requires little water, otherwise its
epidermis breaks (resulting in unsightly scars). Regular water in autumn
through to spring. Water minimally in summer, only when the plant starts
shrivelling but it will generally grow even in summer if given water.
Requires good drainage. Keep cool and shaded in summer, needs full sun
or light shade. Hardy to -2°C
Propagation: Seeds, cuttings