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Tylecodon bodleyae


Scientific Name

Tylecodon bodleyae van Jaarsv.

Scientific Classification

Family: Crassulaceae
Genus: Tylecodon


This species is native to South Africa (Northern Cape).


Tylecodon bodleyae is a small succulent, up to 4 inches (10 cm) tall, with a tuberous base and erect, grey-green branches with dark longitudinal striations. The caudex is up to 2.4 inches (6 cm) in diameter with yellow-brown peeling bark. Leaves are fleshy, glandular-hairy or smooth, green to pale green, elliptic, up to 0.6 inches (1.5 cm) long, and about the same in width. Flowers appear in mid-summer, when the plant sheds its leaves, on up to 1.6 inches (4 cm) long inflorescences. They have a yellowish-green, up to 0.6 inches (1.5 cm) long tube and white petals with long hairs on the inner surface.

The specific epithet "bodleyae" honors Mrs. Elise Bodley (1922–1997), a well-known illustrator of succulents. She has illustrated the most known Tylecodon and Cotyledon species.

How to Grow and Care for Tylecodon bodleyae

Soil: Well-draining soil mix is the key to healthy Tylecodon. Poor drainage and overwatering most commonly cause root rot in both indoor and outdoor plants.

Light: Tylecodons can survive direct sunlight exposure without any problems, but they will grow beautifully when in shadow.

Hardiness: Tylecodon bodleyae can withstand temperatures as low as 25 to 50 °F (-3.9 to 10 °C), USDA hardiness zones 9b to 11b.

Watering: As winter is the growing season, Tylecodons require careful watering during the winter until the spring. Get the soil wet and then wait until it is dry before watering again. In the summer, reduce watering to once per month.

Fertilizing: Use liquid fertilizer for cacti and other succulents during the winter months.

Repotting: You do not need to repot these plants often. You can do it when you see that the container becomes too small or shallow.

Propagation: Tylecodons can be cultivated either by seed or by cuttings.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Tylecodon.

Toxicity of Tylecodon bodleyae

Tylecodon species are adapted to avoid animal predation being poisonous. Keep them away from children, pets, and livestock.


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