This is one of the oldest genus of stapeliads. Orbea have a huge range from South Africa to North Africa and into the Middle East. The Orbea variegata is one of the most collected Stapliad and is responsible for most peoples awareness of this group of fascinating plants. Many species have amazing flowers and very vigorous growth. This is without a doubt a great group of plants for any novice. More experienced growers will be delighted with the shear profusion of flowers that most species produce.