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Getarnter Hottentottenpopo

Gudrun Eckleben

Joined April 2008

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A charming Lithops (“Hottentottenpopo”), camouflaged amongst colourful stones in the Namib desert. It is a native plant to southern Africa that looks like a stone (and actually hides between stones).

“Lithos” means “stone” and “-ops” means “like” in Ancient Greek, therefore “Lithops” means “stone-like”. They are often known as pebble plants or living stones.

Lithops leaves may shrink and disappear below ground level during drought. Lithops in habitat almost never have more than one leaf pair per head, the environment is just too arid to support this. Yellow or white flowers emerge from the fissure between the leaves after the new leaf pair has fully matured, one per leaf pair.

Captured in May 2009, Swakopmund region, Namibia.

Below is also a lovely German description I found:

Lebende Steine, Blühende Steine, Hottentottenpopo

Diese interessanten Pflänzchen aus der Familie der Mittagsblumengewächse stammen aus den
Wüstengebieten Süd- und Südwestafrikas. Man sieht sie kaum, weil sie in ihrer Umgebung wie Kieselsteine aussehen, dadurch sind sie vor ihren natürlichen Feinden geschützt. Die Lebenden Steine bestehen aus 2 sehr dickfleischigen Blättern, die bis auf einen kleinen Spalt miteinander verwachsen sind; aus diesem Spalt kommt im Herbst eine ungewöhnlich große, gelbe oder weiße Blüte hervor.

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