(This plant is not on the Australian Noxious Weed List)
Living Stones are native to South Africa and Namibia extending to the border areas of neighbouring states of Africa. Each species is found in a small area of habitat that does not encroach on others. These habitats are so specialised that Lithops do not naturalize outside their chosen area.
Individual plants consist of one or more pairs of bulbous, almost fused, leaves and almost no stem. The crease between the leaves contains the growing and flowering point from which new leaves and flowers emerge. The top surface of the leaves has a translucent ‘window’ which allows sunlight to enter for photosynthesis. Leaf colour varies between shades of cream, green, grey or brown patterned with dots and lines which help disguise the plant in its surroundings.
This genus of plants does not self-pollinate and requires pollen from a neighbouring plant. After flowering, a green to pink capsule opens to disperse seeds when there is moisture on it and closes when the moisture dries.
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