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 and multispectral camera equipment for making detailed comparisons of the visual properties of Lithops species and the soil on which they grow across numerous locations in southern Africa.

We set out for our second month-long field expedition on June 27, 2018. As on the 2016 expedition, we aim 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 Specim Spectral Imaging Ltd. and the Surface Optics Corporation.

For more information on our project, check out

The other weirdoes

Expedition blog 2016Posted by Tommi Nyman Tue, April 12, 2016 05:33PM
Lithops species are not the only plants that look strange in South African deserts, also other groups use camouflage for avoiding detection. Here's a Titanopsis species.

The grazing pressure on sheep and cattle pastures is high in many places, but many plants manage to avoid being eaten by growing flat on the ground.

And the insects are no less strange or well-camouflaged, Willem found this enormous toadhopper today when it happened to move a bit, the monster was about 12 cm long!

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