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
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
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.
regularly in winter after the previous year's
leaves have dried up. Requires good
drainage. Keep cool and shaded from hot sun in
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
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.