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L. meyeri
    acf 'Hammeruby'



Lithops meyeri L. Bol (1932)



     

Origin:


Collected by Pastor G. Meyer in October 1931 and January 1932 (SUG 9698), and named for him.

Distribution:


RSA: CP, in a small area in the Richtersveld, to the N and NW of Lekkersing. TL 'Namaqualand: Richtersveld, Brakfontein' (C212).
Stone: Quartzite. Colours white, with some yellow-brown, brown and black.

Description:


A distinctive species, characterized by its bicuneate and milky-green colour; very uniform and easily recognizable.
Profile bicuneate; top surface flat to somewhat convex, often humped and usually lopsided with one side of the face lower than the other; fissure deep, 10-20 mm; lobes distinctly divergent.
Face usually somewhat elevated, mostly elongated elliptic, sometimes slightly reniform; lobes equal-unequal; opaque, or occasionally very obscurely transluscent; smooth.
Margins indistinctly suffused with lighter colour, but not clearly demarcated; sometimes with a few indistinct peninsulas; sometimes extended downwards at each end along the outer edges of the fissures and tapered to fine points.
Windows usually cloudy and only obscurely perceptible as ± open, or occasionally as partly occluded by a very few indistinct islands.
Channels usually absent, occasionally visible as a few shadowy ± straight 'wrinkle' lines.
Islands usually absent, occasionally a few obscurely visible as indistinct cloudy forms in the windows.
Rubrications absent.
Dusky dots often not perceptible at all, even with a lens, sometimes clearly visible, few to many; in the windows and marginal bands.
Colours: Face (margins and islands) opaque pale whitish grey tinged with cream, yellow, milky green or pink. Windows opaque to very obscurely transluscent, various shades of dull greenish grey. Channels obscurely transluscent greyish green. Dusky dots dull greyish green. Shoulders and inner faces of fissures opaque pale grey tinged with blue, green, pink or cream.
Size: Medium, facial diameters up to 35 X 24 mm, mostly about 27 X 18 mm. Number of heads up to 5 or more, mostly 2-3.

Flowers:


Yellow with white centre, small to large, up to 40 mm Ø, mostly 25-30 mm Ø.
Seed capsules mostly 5-merous (93%), otherwise mainly 6-merous (6%), or 7-merous (1%). Profile boat-shaped, top flat to slightly convex, with a light brown line just below the edge. Face broadly elliptic to elliptic, with hinge-rim, up to 9 X 7,5 mm, mostly about 8 X 6,5 mm.
Seeds light brown; tuberculate 1, flecked.

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Lithops meyeri L. Bol (1932)


acf 'Hammeruby' (1988)



Origin:


Collected by Steven Brack and Steven A. Hammer on the 2 August 1982.

Distribution:


Known from only one locality (C272), where a single specimen was found.

Description:


Very distinctive in colour, but in all other respects the same as the type.

Colours: Margins and shoulders opaque creamy ruby-red. Windows very obscurely transluscent dull ruby-red. Dusky dots dull dark reddish grey.

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* Information from COLE, DESMOND T. and NAUREEN A., (2005) Lithops Flowering Stones, Cactus&Co. Libri


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