When you say this is a different plant? about the bottom one???? What type of desert Rose is it? I just found a place that had some just like your bottom one, and BECAUSE of what I have learned on here, I checked the roots on all of the little ones, and most were starting to get soft!
But I did find ONE good sturdy tough feeling Root bulb. So that's the one I came home with. I am Sooooo Happy I got another. My other one is bigger, but it has a different texture to the leaves, very soft, and a lush green colour.
What kind would this be then???---My original? Wish I had a camera, then I could get pictues and compare! I Don't care if they have fragrance, I'd just be excited beyond beleive if I could get a flower!!!