Lithops project blog

Lithops project blog


This is the blog page of the Lithops Project, in which we investigate the extent and evolution of locally optimized camouflage coloration in the enigmatic African "stone plants" belonging the genus Lithops.

In the first part of the project, we use hyperspectral camera equipment for making detailed comparisons of the visual properties of Lithops species and their local soil across numerous locations in southern Africa.

We set out for our first month-long field expedition on April 1, 2016 - if all goes according to plan, we should be able to post updates every 2-3 days.

Our imaging expeditions are supported by National Geographic Society Science and Exploration Europe. Hyperspectral camera equipment is provided by the Surface Optics Corporation.

For more information on our project, check out


Expedition blog 2016Posted by Tommi Nyman Sat, April 09, 2016 05:33PM
The sun is finally here again, after days of rain and wind. This definitely more like what I expected. Yesterday we did a lot of prospecting in new spots, but with no luck with regards to Lithops. The scenery is amazing though.

Today, we have perfected our VIS+UV photography skills at two previously-known locations. Lithops hookeri is flowering beatifully at this time of the year, which makes finding them a lot easier.

Note that Willem also posts images on Instagram, those can be found at !

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