Oboroduki

Oboroduki is a succulent having fleshy leaves.   At the beginning, the stem stands erect to be up to 20cm in height and later, it creeps or droops to spread.   The spreading stem easily develops a root system to settle in when reaching the ground.   After developing the root system, the stem between these two stocks dies.   The growth is slow and requires strong sunlight but oboroduki is hardy and significantly tolerates coldness.

During the first few years, oboroduki densely develops leaves to form a beautiful small rosette, however, later, the stem extends to shed old leaves and its lower part becomes naked.

The leaf is spoon-like obovate*, tapering to apex; five to eight centimeters in length and three to five centimeters in width.   It is hairless on both sides and covered with white powder to be ashy green.   The color turns pink-tinged with strong sunlight or coldness.  The leaf is easily shed.   The fallen leaf often buds from the base of the leaf to start growing.

After a few years of growth, from around Winter, oboroduki develops the flower stem where a few to ten white flowers, shaped like a star bloom, at its tip from Spring to early Summer.

*  Egg-shaped, with the wide end outward.

Classification: Crassulaceae Graptopetalum
Scientific name: Graptopetalum paraguayense
Japanese name: Oboroduki
English Name: ---
Native locality: Mexico
Ecological description: ---
RDB : ---
Planting place: South and Central America Greenhouse
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