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  Conophytum obcordellum "spectabile"
(Syn: Conophytum spectabile)
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The plants of Conophytum obcordellum vary considerably in relation to the body markings, but also according to the size and depth of colour of the flowers. All the obcordellum subspecies are scented to a greater or lesser degree, but “spectabile” is the best. The nocturnal flowers are exquisitely perfumed.


 

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Family: Mesebrianthemaceae (Aizoaceae)

Scientific name:  Conophytum obcordellum var. obcordellum (Haw.) N.E.Br. (1922)

Origin:  South Africa (Western Cape)

Synonyms:

  • Conophytum spectabile Lavis 1931
  • Conophytum obcordellum ssp. obcordellum
  • Mesembryanthemum obcordellum Haw.
 


Description:  
Dwarf succulent bodies with exquisite markings, these plants are variably caespitose, with single or double bodies, or forming dense mats or cushions,
Bodies (paired leaves):  Variable bodies, small, pancake-shaped, convex or concave at the apex, about 1 cm in diameter with a small growing cleft that doesn't reach right across the body. Colour: Silvery-green, variously spotted light or dark brown. The unspotted sides are pink to a deep dark red, while the apex, which is glabrous, medium green, and variably suffused with reddish or dark green dots that are slightly raised, which sometimes join up to make lines and which turn a beautiful bright red during the resting period.
Flowers: Large with a rich pink-creamy colour and a pale yellow centre. The thin petals form an almost star-like, spidery structure, they are aromatic and very showy:
Blooming season: Blooms mostly Aug-Nov.   The flowers are numerous and open at night.
Remarks: Always present and often prominent markings or raised spots; pinkish (or white) nocturnal flowers in autumn, strongly scented

Cultivation: C. obcordellum is easy to grow. These plants grow on winter rain and head for summer dormancy.  More or less dormant in summer. The plant requires little water; otherwise its epidermis breaks (resulting in unsightly scars). Water throughout the year although minimally in summer, (only when the plant starts shrivelling), but it will generally grow even in summer if given water
.  Water regularly in winter after the previous year's leaves have dried up.  Requires good drainage.  Keep cool and shaded from hot sun in mid-summer;  it needs full sun or light shade in the other seasons. Hardy to -2°C. Ensure a very good ventilation. Avoid to repot frequently. This plant may stay in the same pot for many years. Plants grown in larger containers have frequently relatively poor flowers. It might improve when the plants are given their own, small individual pots.
Propagation:
It can be reproduced both by cuttings and seeds. Take the cutting from a grown-up mother plant.   Each cutting must contain one or more heads, along with a fraction of root.



 

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