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


Expedition blog 2018Posted by Tommi Nyman Mon, June 25, 2018 10:32PM
This feels a bit like when a space probe suddenly awakens and sends a faint ping after years of silence and uncertainty, but... the Lithops Project is alive!

The journey since the 2016 expedition has been long and tedious, but now we're fervently preparing for the second expedition, which will start on Wednesday June 27, 2018. The aims and determination are still the same, but more people are involved and the mission is to gather more data than on the first trip.

More updates will follow soon!

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