Here is a yet another good reason for regularly taking leaf-pulls and divisions from your Cephalotus plants. A couple of months back, one of my older pots experienced the dreaded CSDS ("Cephalotus Sudden Death Syndrome") without so much as a clue of what had happened; and this was a pot that had produced eight to ten large healthy plants over the years -- and they are all just fine.
Cephalotus follicularis cv "Hummer's Giant" -- June 2008 leaf-pulls
Here is also a none-so-rare illustration for the novice grower; and why they shouldn't quickly dispose of any pot without first allowing some time -- a good couple of months -- for Cephalotus to regrow or, once again, show some sign of life.
There is an old saying, usually in reference to motorcyclists, "There are two kinds of riders -- those that have been down and those that are going down . . ." Unfortunately, that also applies to Cephalotus cultivation . . .
Cephalotus follicularis cv "Hummer's Giant"-- January 2009