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

Back in Cape Town

Expedition blog 2016Posted by Tommi Nyman Sun, May 01, 2016 10:40PM
Sadly, the Lithops 2016 expedition is now officially over. Awesome trip! The following months will be used to analyze the massive image dataset that we collected during the expedition.

We arrived in Cape Town in the afternoon, and have spent the evening unpacking and cleaning gear, showering, and eating. More posts will follow later, after sleeping and sorting out our photo files.

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Posted by Tommi Nyman Mon, June 25, 2018 10:36PM

True, we've been swamped by other things lately, but we're back! If anyone's still checking our updates, more posts should start appearing in the coming days.

Posted by Rika Sun, April 30, 2017 09:34PM

Hey guys, you have not updated in a whole year. Any interesting news?

Posted by Johann Fri, May 06, 2016 07:16PM

Well done guys - fantastic trip!

Posted by Manuel Wed, May 04, 2016 04:15PM

Really interesting project! What envy! Manuel