Cheiridopsis N.E.Br.

Greek cheiris—sleeve, opsis—resemblance, referring to the sleeve-like dried leaf surface that covers the dormant new leaves.

Clumping or mat forming dwarf perennial succulents. Shoots with up to 4 leaf pairs. Leaves club shaped to cylindrical or 3-angled with a papery sheath, green, grey or white and generally dotted with papillae, often with a toothed ridge towards the tip. Flowers terminal, solitary and usully stalked. Sepals 4-5; petals many in several rows, mostly yellow, rarely reddish to purple. Stigmas 8-19, pointed. Ovary mostly half inferior with 10-20 chambers; ovule pla­centation parietal.

Species available include C. peculiaris N.E. Br. which has leaves of 2 different alternating types and stems that are hardly branched; C. pillansii Bolus with similar leaf pairs and leaves that are hooded and without toothed ridges or pointed tips; C. denticulata (Haw.) N.E. Br. which has leaves with pointed tips and most leaves with toothed ridges. [C. candidissima (Haw.) N.E. Br.]

Seed (cuttings often difficult).

Leaves with a cup-like dry papery sheath; flowers mostly yellow; ovary chambers 10-20.

29 species from SW Africa and S Namibia.

Source: Spencer, R.; Thompson, A. (1997). Aizoaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 2. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 1. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Caryophyllanae
order      Caryophyllales
family       Aizoaceae