These are very succulent plants of clustered growth, with 1 to 3 pairs ofper . They are natives of the Karroo desert. The growing period is chiefly from late summer to winter, and they require a light and a moderate amount of water. They easily from . During winter, the plants should be kept very dry. There are about 24 species.
Cheiridopsis candidissima. Probably the finest species in the genus. The whitish-grey leaves are long, boat-shaped, and almost erect, united from the base for about two-fifths of their length. In hot sunny weather, the leaves assume a white colour which is very attractive. The specieslate in the season and requires careful treatment, especially with regard to .
Cheiridopsis cigarettifera. The leaves are about an inch long, jointed together during the resting period, when the young leaves are hidden in dry sheaths of the old leaves.
Cheiridopsis Meyeri. A peculiar plant. When growing, the white sheaths burst and a pair of leaves emerge which are united at their base. The leaves spread apart, and between them is developed a second pair united almost to the apex into a solid body and keeled over the top. They are pale grey-green in colour, with numerous darker dots. During the resting period they should be kept completely dry.