Identification of succulent requested
A prizewinning entry at a local horticultural show in the succulent class was a plant the owner referred to as a "wooden pineapple", he did not know its proper name. I was unable to take a photo so can only give a written description. The plant grew from a cork-like structure shaped like a pineapple (having the hexagonal structure typical of pineapple) that sat on the surface of the soil. The stem branched in such a way that it could be trained along a series of canes, forming a structure a foot or more high. The leaves were a shiny mid-green similar to ivy in shape. It was starting to develop flower buds in October. The owner kept it dry until September, then soaked it which caused it to flower. A very striking plant which many people commented on. Any ideas on what it might be would be appreciated.