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Lithops hallii var. ochracea C303
30 km E of Kenhardt, South Africa
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Nice plant with  grey orange top and  brown-red lines.

 

Description: L. hallii is one of the most variable white flowering species with broadly kidney shaped leaves pairs. This species shows shades of reddish-brown with regular fine to broad interlacing network of channels.
Flowers: The blooms are white 20-45 mm in diameter.
Fruits: 6-loculed capsules.
Seeds: light yellow-brown to yellow-brown, smooth to rugose.
Remarks: After flowering in the autumn and extending through winter season the plant doesn’t need watering, but they will still be growing, the new bodies will be increasing in size extracting water from the outer succulent leaves, allowing them to shrivel away.  In fact the plant in this time extracts water and nutrient stored in the outer succulent leaves, allowing them to dehydrate relocating the water  to the rest of the plant and to the new leaves that form during this period until the old leaves are reduced to nothing more than "thin papery shells".

Recognized subspecies, varieties and forms:

  • var. hallii H.W.De Boer 1957. Cole numbers: C022, C045, C050, C052, C090, C094, C119, C158, C174, C176, C318, C375; (Brown Form) C135, C136; (Syn: L. salicola reticulata) C087
    Truncate in outline, top surface usually flat, medium sized about 20 to 40 mm broad, fissure shallow, 4-7 mm. lobes conjunct. It forms forms small groups with 2-3 (or more) heads.
    Face slightly rugose with fairly distinct margins and relatively uniform and fairly easy to identify for its fine network of channels with mostly small regular islands, windows occluded to open with scattered dots, dashes and hooks in the windows and channels. Margins often toothed and clearly distinct. Shoulders, margins, islands greyish, pastel to pale brow with shadows of yellow, pink, blue, green, orange or reddish brown.

  • var. ochracea . Cole numbers: C039, C059, C098, C111, C142A, C303, C372
    The names comes from the Latin for “ochre-coloured” (reddish) for its more red-brown colouration: Profile boat shaped, diameter of the face about 20-30 mm. Margins distinct regular to somewhat dentate sometimes with a few peninsulas. Channels regular more or less broad. Islands regular and small with scattered dots, dashes and hooks, occasionally with some longer lines forming a broken network. Shoulders, m
    argins and islands, milky pink, beige, or orange or pinkish grey. Windows and channels greenish, red-brown, reddish blue, orange-brown, or brownish grey. Rubrications bright to dull blood-red or orange-red.

Cultivars:

  • Lithops halli cv'' Green Soapstone' (1985) C111 The plant is yellowish-green in colour, but is otherwise the same as var. hallii. This nice cultivars derives from only two green specimens found in habita Margins and islands opaque milky greenish-yellow. Windows and channels various shades of opaque dull greenish brown or greyish brown. Shoulders pale greyish green.

Bibliography:

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

 

Family: Mesebrianthemaceae (Aizoaceae)

Scientific name:  
Lithops hallii var. ochracea (H.W. de Boer) D.T. Cole 1962 Field number C303 Locality 30 km E of Kenhardt, South Africa

Origin South africa, Cape Province. TL: 30 miles South of Prieska.

Habitat:  Grows mainly on flat limestone terrains, with calcrete stones and fine-grained dark sandstone. Colours of the backgrounds yellow-brown, grey-brown, grey-white, grey, brown, with some red, black; yellow or grey-brown.

Conservation status:   Not treatened.

Etymology: Named after Harry Hall who collect this plant in April 1956.

 

 

 


This form is quite variable with reticulate reddish brown pattern.

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