(This plant is not on the Australian Noxious Weed List)
This Living Stone is native to the Bushmanland, Northeastern Namibia which includes part of the Kalahari Desert. It is a quartz lover and is found growing on bit 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 somewhat olive-green and the ‘windows’ on top of the leaf may vary from dark green, grey, purplish grey and pinkish grey. The flower is a bright buttercup yellow.
This genus of plants do 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.
Offered is a packet of 20 tiny seeds and Grownotes to assist you to grow this most unusual of plants. Also searching the internet for Lithops will provide a wealth of information.
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