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Conophytum obcordellum (Dumpling)


Scientific Name

Conophytum obcordellum (Haw.) N. E. Br.

Common Names

Dumpling, Greater Dumpling


Mesembryanthemum obcordellum (basionym), Conophytum obcordellum subsp. obcordellum, Conophytum giftbergense, Conophytum mundum, Conophytum multicolor, Conophytum declinatum, Conophytum germanum, Conophytum impressum, Conophytum lambertense, Conophytum longifissum, Conophytum nevillei, Conophytum parviflorum, Conophytum parvipetalum, Conophytum picturatum, Conophytum spectabile, Conophytum ursprungianum

Scientific Classification

Family: Aizoaceae
Subfamily: Ruschioideae
Tribe: Ruschieae
Genus: Conophytum


Conophytum obcordellum is a dwarf mat-forming succulent with bodies of small paired leaves. The bodies are up to 1.2 inches (3 cm) tall and up to 0.8 inches (2 cm) in diameter, pale blue-green, grass-green or yellow-green, decorated with dark green, almost black lines and dots. The unspotted parts are pink to dark red. Flowers are nocturnal, creamy-pink with a pale yellow center. The petals are up to 0.5 inches (1.2 cm) long.

Photo by Hiroshi Sudo


USDA hardiness zone 10a to 11b: from 30 °F (−1.1 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Conophytums are usually grown in dish gardens where they spread slowly but make good ornamental plants for window gardening. They also do well in rockeries where they can be grown in crevices.

The Conophytum vegetate during the winter season. They must then be kept dry during hot, gradually wet upon autumn arrival: the moisture stimulates the release of new root hairs, and the plant will grow for the entire winter season, foliar issuing new pairs from inside the existing ones. Flowering usually occurs in autumn, and the color of the flowers is hugely variable from species to species.

The cultivation is quite easy, but care must be taken to avoid excess water and to prevent rot: the plants themselves communicate their water needings with a slight wrinkling of the epidermis. They do not particularly fear the cold weather and can also resist temperatures of 23°F (-5°C), as long as the soil is completely dry, and the temperature returns rapidly to rise. See more at: How to Grow and Care for Conophytum


Native to South Africa (Northern Cape, Western Cape).


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