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

Small successes:)

Expedition blog 2016Posted by Tommi Nyman Tue, April 12, 2016 05:10PM
Yesterday started badly, we spent most of the day driving and checking localities reported in Desmond Cole's classic Lithops book, but found nothing. In the afternoon, we changed strategy and started asking around farms for Lithops sightings, and got a hint that eventually led us to a 85-year old farm worker, who gave us good instructions. Unfortunately we had to set up camp before getting to the place, because it was getting late.

But in the morning the information proved to be correct! We found a good-sized population of L. hookeri, and spent most of the day doing multi- and hyperspectral imaging of the plants. Now we are having a short break in Prieska, but soon we'll head for new adventures.

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