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Accepted Scientific Name: Lithops meyeri
S. African Gard. 22: 102. 1932
Origin and Habitat: Endemic to a small area in the Richtersveld, to the north and north-west of Lekkersing. TL: Namaqualand: Richtersveld, Brakfontein'
Habitat: Grow in among small quartzite stones. Colours of the background white, with some yellow-brown, brown and black. it is a quartz lover and will always be found growing either on big outcrops of quartz or more commonly on quartz plains where the quartz pebbles protect the plants from the blazing summer sun by reflecting a lot of the light and heat. It closely resembles the white quartz crystalline rubble of its habitat. In times of drought the plants shrivel and are almost invisible, as they get covered with fine wind-blown sand. After rain, however, they absorb water and become fat and turgid.
Lithops meyeri L. Bolus
S. African Gard. 22: 102. 1932
- Lithops meyeri L. Bolus
- Lithops meyeri C212 TL: 40 km NNE of Port Nolloth, South Africa
- Lithops meyeri C272 45 km NNE of Port Nolloth, South Africa
- Lithops meyeri C273 55 km NNE of Port Nolloth, South Africa
ENGLISH: Stone Plant, Flowering Stone
ITALIAN (Italiano): Pianta Sasso
Description: Lithops meyeri is easily recognizable for its almost uniform milky-grey or pale grey-green colour and for the dichotomous leaves that tend to be more spread apart, even when new leaves not growing in. It is a medium species, up to 35 X 24 mm, usually about 27 X 18 mm with up to 5 or more heads (mostly 2-4).
Cole numbers: C212, C272, C273.
Bodies (paired leaves): Characteristically bicuneate, the lobes are disjunct with a deep fissure and distinctly divergent. Profile opaque smooth.
Faces: The top surface is flat to somewhat convex and usually somewhat elevated, often with one side of the face lower than the other. Face elongated elliptic, sometimes slightly reniform; lobes more or less equal. Windows cloudy and only obscurely perceptible . Profile opaque, or occasionally very obscurely transluscent; smooth. Margins indistinctly suffused with somehow lighter colour. Channels, island and rubrications usually usually absent, occasionally visible as indistinct cloudy forms in the windows. opaque pale whitish grey tinged with cream, yellow, milky green or pink. The colour of the margins and face island comprises pale milky-grey tinged with blue, green, pink or cream. Shoulders and inner faces of fissures opaque.
Flowers: Yellow with white centre up to 40 mm in diameter.
Fruits: Capsules 5-6 locular.
Seeds: Light brown.
Blooming season: Flowers appear in late-autumn.
Subspecies, varieties, forms and cultivars of plants belonging to the Lithops meyeri group
- Lithops meyeri L. Bolus: is almost uniform milky-grey or pale grey-green. The dichotomous leaves tend to be more spread apart. Distribution: Richtersveld, N and N-W of Lekkersing. South Africa.
- Lithops meyeri C212 TL: 40 km NNE of Port Nolloth, South Africa: grey green stonelike body.
- Lithops meyeri C272 45 km NNE of Port Nolloth, South Africa: elevated stone-like lobes.
- Lithops meyeri C272A TL: 45 km NNE of Port Nolloth, South Africa cv. Hammeruby D.T.Cole
- Lithops meyeri C273 55 km NNE of Port Nolloth, South Africa: elevated lobes, whitish.
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