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

Crash Course in South African geology

Expedition blog 2016Posted by Tommi Nyman Sat, April 02, 2016 12:29AM
According to the courier's tracking system, the hyperspec camera is still on its way (as it happens, at Heathrow(!)). So the day has been spent driving around Cape Town buying other necessary equipment (plastic reflectors, batteries, maps, etc.). The afternoon program consisted of getting re-acquainted with our handheld GPS's, as well as various map excercises. The QGIS screenshot below nicely illustrates the variety and distribution of different rock types that Lithops plants have to deal with in South Africa.

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