(This plant is not on the Australian Noxious Weed List)
This Lithops is native to Namaqualand, South Africa. It is a quartz lover and is found growing on big outcrops of quartz and commonly on quartz plains. The quartz pebbles protect the plants from the fierce summer sun by reflecting a great deal of light and heat. 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 is a milky green and the ‘translucent windows’ are barely discernable. The flower is a bright buttercup yellow.
This genus of plants does not self-pollinate and require 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, only to open again when the moisture returns.
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