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Lithops dorotheae C300
15 km N of Pofadder, South Africa
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This is a beautiful plant with very striking colours and of one of the most sought-after of the Lithops species.
 

Description: Stone shaped succulent with a fissure across the middle Yellowish brown, with some white, distinctly mottled with clearly defined reddish brown window. Field numbers: C124, C300
Bodies (paired leaves): Small to medium sized, facial diameters up to 23 X 16 mm, mostly about 20-13 mm. Number of heads up to 7 or more, mostly 2-5.Yellow, medium to large, rarely up to 42 mm , mostly 25-30 mm . The
profile is truncate-cordate; top surface mostly distinctly convex, fissure shallow, 7-10 mm; lobes conjunct, sometimes very slightly divergent at the top. The face is elliptic-reniform; lobes equal-unequal; opaque + transluscent; smooth. the margins are  distinct and sharply defined, irregularly dentate or sinuate, usually with numerous peninsulas. The windows are seldom completely open, usually occluded. Channels broad to narrow, irregular. Islands few to many, small to large, irregular, usually sharply defined. Rubrications in the windows and channels, usually numerous bold regular lines, dots, hooks and stars, sometimes connected into a broken network. Dusky dots seldom visible even with a lens, few to many, scattered in the windows. Colours: Margins and islands various shades of opaque creamy, yellowish or pinkish beige, sometimes tinged with green. Windows and channels various shades of transluscent greyish, brownish or reddish green, or greenish grey. Rubrications bright to dark blood-red, orange-red. Dusky dots obscure dull dark greyish green. Shoulders as for the margins.
Blooming season: Flowers appear in mid-autumn.

Bibliography:

  • COLE, DESMOND T. and NAUREEN A., (2005) Lithops Flowering Stones, Cactus&Co. Libri.

 

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Family: Mesebrianthemaceae (Aizoaceae)

Scientific name:  Lithops dorotheae G.C. Nel (1939) Field number C300
Locality 15 km N of Pofadder, South Africa

Origin: South Africa Restricted to vicinity of Pofadder (Bushmanland). TL: 15km N Pofadder  (C124)

Habitat: Grows on  fine-grained sheared quartz and feldspar rock containing feldspathic quartzite.

Etymology: Named for 'Mrs Dorothea Eksteen', whose father obtained plants from Aletta Helena Eksteen, the original collector who find this plant in 1935.

Synonyms:

  • Lithops eksteeniae L.Bolus

 

 
 



 

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