And here's the top view, so you can see the newly emerging leaves a little better.
And as I mentioned in Part One, everything gets the same nametag, "Pleiospilos nelii"- even when it is clearly NOT a nelii!
Check out the one on the left. If that's a nelii, I'm Dr. Who!
Even the pleio on the right looks a little suspicious to me, the leaves are angled and not entirely round....
So I re-read the section in Doreen Court's excellent tome, "Succulent Flora of Southern Africa", to try to figure it all out. The revised edition just came out, so it has all the new names and explains what has been moved to where. On pg. 47, for those who are following along in their books, many Pleios were sent to genus Tanquana in 1986, while 3 others were exiled to Titanopsis Land. Pleiospilos now has 2 subgenera. The first, Pleiospilos, is unbranched or only slightly branched, and includes nelii, bolusii, and simulans. The second is branched and is called Punctillaria. There is only one species, compactus, which has 5 subspecies.
At this point I admit to some confusion as to what I am actually growing....But hey, they are all cared for in the same way, and they all have those wonderful polka dots.
Now is that a "come hither" look or what??