Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Lithops, Living Stones
I bought this little plant a number of years ago in a garden centre for a whole three or four dollars. It was just one 'stone' then. One year it divided itself into two stones, and then flowered!
Although it did set seed they didnt germinate, but no matter. Its still a fascinating little plant. It has just finished re-newing itself as it does at the end of winter each year.
The topmost surface of each stone has tiny windows in it to allow the sun to shine inside the plant for photosynthesis, therefore, no leaves are necessary!
You can see an amazing number of these plants at Lithops.net, or here is a Wikipedia Lithops page, or even more info at Lithops.info.