Thursday, May 1, 2014

General Lithops Health Inspection

Here's a general update on some of my Lithops.
I took these photos mainly because many people in our plant forum asked for updates on Lithops shedding their skin... and because I haven't taken pics of my Lithops in a very long time.

So, here they are:

Lithops dinteri
My little dinteri is particularly lovely this year because of its red spots. This is what it's supposed to look like when it's older: http://www.lithops.info/de/galerie/lithops_c180.html. Not too far off anymore.

Lithops dinteri ssp. frederici C180 on April 27, 2014

Lithops dorotheae
Some Lithops, when "shedding their skin", develop pockets of air under the old skin when the water inside dries and the skin is left loose.
My dorotheae do this (but only these strangely white ones - the others just dry up normally), as well as some of the julii and marmorata. Other Lithops don't do this, their skin just dries up. It's very interesting to watch as there can be a lot of air in such bubbles and the skin can be stretched tight at certain points.

Lithops dorotheae with pockets of air under their old skin on April 27, 2014


Lithops dorotheae on April 27, 2014

My dorotheae were sown from seeds but the seeds weren't produced under controlled circumstances. So there is no telling which pollen got onto the flowers of the dorotheae that produced theses seeds.
Some of my dorotheae look exactly the way they're supposed to (the ones in the pic above) and others don't (the first dorotheae pic and the one below).
I think it's far more likely that this Lithops has a major part of marmorata dna, than that it's an albino dorotheae, because there are no other dorotheae typical markings here. But my pale dorotheae shows some striking resemblance to this marmorata http://www.lithops.info/de/galerie/lithops_c251.html... don't you think?

Lithops dorotheae on April 27, 2014

Lithops gracilidelineata

Lithops gracilidelineata on April 27, 2014

Lithops olivacea var. nebrownii
One of my Cole originals with a number: C162B. A cultivar with distinct reddish surface. They're still tiny, but they're already reddish.

Lithops olivacea var. nebrownii C162b on April 27, 2014


Lithops olivacea var. nebrownii C162b on April 27, 2014

Lithops pseudotruncatella
The "edithae" (it's probably "Lithops pseudotruncatella ssp. pseudotruncatella v. riehmerae (syn. edithiae)") seeds came from the same dealer as my dorotheae so again there is no telling whether it actually looks like the original or not. This also explains the slight difference in naming. I don't really want to label it edithiea (or with its even more complicated correct name) because I can't be sure that this is actually the one.

Lithops pseudotruncatella var. edithae on April 27, 2014

In general, I have to admit, I think pseudotruncatella are among the ugliest Lithops. I only have the edithaes because the seeds were part of a collection of Lithops seeds at the very beginning of my plant days and back then I was still fascinated by anything called Lithops.
By now I have become a bit more picky and the only two beautiful pseudotruncatellas (in my humble opinion) are the groendrayensis.
I tried growing C239, but all seedlings died. With the C244 I was a bit more lucky, but these are still the only two I have left.

Lithops pseudotruncatella var. groendrayensis C244 on April 27, 2014

Lithops salicola
The salicola is among the few Lithops I have bought as a plant (it's one plant with two heads) and not grown from seeds.
Just now I was fascinated by the way it lets its old skin dry up. It looks as if the heads have pulled back into their feather pillows and aren't quite ready yet to get up and go to school.

Lithops salicola C86 on April 27, 2014

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