CHEIRIDOPSIS

These are very succulent plants of clustered growth, with 1 to 3 pairs of leaves per stem. They are natives of the Karroo desert. The growing period is chiefly from late summer to winter, and they require a light position and a moderate amount of water. They propagate easily from seed. 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 species flowers late in the season and requires careful treatment, especially with regard to watering.

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.

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