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Accepted Scientific Name: Lithops meyeri
S. African Gard. 22: 102. 1932
Origin and Habitat: 55 km North-North-East of Port Nolloth, South Africa.
Habitat and ecology: 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
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).
Desmond Cole field number C273: This population distinguishes for having whitish elevated lobes.
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.
Bibliography: Major refences and further lectures
1) Heidrun E. K. Hartmann (2002) “Aizoaceae F – Z” Springer
2) Achim Hecktheuer (2008) “Mesembs, mehr als nur Lithops” Books on Demand GmbH Norderstedt.
3) Desmond T. Cole & Naureen A. Cole, Uwe Beyer, Yves Delange (2008) “Les Lithops” SUCCULENTES Spécial 2008 AIAPS (now Terra seca).
4) Desmond T. Cole & Naureen A. Cole (2005) “LITHOPS Flowering Stones” Cactus & Co. Libri.
5) Yasuhiko Shimada (2001) “The Genus Lithops” Dobun Shoin. ISBN 4-8103-4066-X
6) Rudolf Heine (1986) “Lithops - Lebende Steine” Neumann Verlag.
7) Bernd Schlösser (2000) “Lithops – Lebende Steine” Praktische Anleitung für die Zimmerkultur. BussinessPoint MEDIA.
8) Steven A. Hammer (1999) “Lithops – Treasures of the veld” British Cactus and Succulent Society.
9) David L. Sprechman (1970) “Lithops” Associated University Presses, Inc.
10)Gert Cornelius Nel (1946) “Lithops” Hortors Limited, South Africa
Cultivation and Propagation: Need an open mineral, fast draining mix and the maximum amount of light you are able to give them. The basic cultivation routine is: Stop watering after flowering. Start watering after the old leaves completely dry. (Usually late March or Early April) Water freely during the growing season, soak the compost fully but allow it to dry out between waterings, no water when cold. Some growers fertilize frequently, some hardly ever. Keep them dry during the winter. Nearly all problems occur as a result of overwatering and poor ventilation especially when weather conditions are dull and cool or very humid. This plant is best for a well lit area (Bright shade to full sun).
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