Lithops – living stones
The collection contains nearly two thirds of all species in the genus Lithops. Also known as 'living stones' or 'pebble plants', these plants have developed a striking survival strategy for extremely arid conditions. Their leaves constitute the succulent vegetative tissue of the plants; they are mostly buried below the surface of the soil. Inside their leaves are large water-storing cells, and the surface of the leaves allow light to enter the plant. Photosynthesis takes place on the leaf inside.
Founder: Prof. Dr. W. Stubbe († 2008)
Year of foundation: 1972
Number of taxa / accessionen: 50 / 103
Identified by Dr. Wolf-Achim Roland, Solingen
- named after Desmond Thorne Cole: "D. T. Cole"
- Photos (with the old labels) on flickr
- Harald Jainta (2017): Wild Lithops
- Achim Hecktheuer (2008): Mesembs - mehr als nur Lithops
- The Encyclopedia of Succulents
- Public display collection
- Academic teaching