Tuesday 18 September 2018

A New Lithop

Today I was walking by Dynasty In front of the store they always have a tray full of cactus and succulents. Today they also had some lithops. A different colour of lithop than I already have. So yes, I came home with one.

Lithops (commonly called „flowering stones“ or „living stones“) are true mimicry plants: their shape, size and color causes them to resemble small stones in their natural surroundings. The plants blend in among the stones as a means of protection. Grazing animals which would otherwise eat them during periods of drought to obtain moisture usually overlook them. Even experts in the field sometimes have difficulty locating plants for study because of this unusual deceptive camouflage.

This one will be joining the two which I already have. These ones have brown tops. They split into new growth earlier this summer. The lithops I have always seen before had only two sections. The one on the left has four.

Here it is in its new home until I can find a better pot to plant it in.

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