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L. salicola
acf 'Bacchus'
acf 'Malachite'



Lithops salicola L. Bol. (1936)



       

Origin:


Collected by Miss Inez Clare Verdoorn (1622) in October 1935. Latin salicola 'salt-dwelling'.

Distribution:


RSA: CP, OFS, in a roughly triangular area based on Koffiefontein, OFS, and Kraankruil and Petrusville, CP. Sometimes occuring in or at the edges of brackish pans, but usually on low 'limestone' ridges or slopes. TL 'District Fauresmith, on the farm Rose Marie ... in brack pan' (C034).
Stone: Calcrete; calcrete with calcareous shale and dolomite; also occurs in pans with little or no stone. Colours grey-white, yellowish white, greenish grey, some grey, yellow, brown, black.

Description:


Distinguished by its truncate profiles and obscurely transluscent dull grey-green windows; relatively uniform and usually fairly easy to identify.
Profile truncate; top surface flat to slightly convex; fissure shallow, 4-10 mm; lobes conjunct.
Face flush; elliptic-reniform; lobes mostly ± unequal; opaque + obscurely transluscent; smooth.
Margins very distinct, usually fairly regular, sometimes irregularly dentate or sinuate with a few peninsulas.
Windows sometimes ± occluded, but usually completely open.
Channels usually absent, otherwise broad to narrow, somewhat irrregular.
Islands often absent, otherwise mostly fairly small, few to many; examined under a lens, some apparently open-windowed plants manifest faintly visible little flecks set in a fine and regular network of channels, giving the impression of a very faint honeycomb pattern.
Rubrications usually absent, otherwise occuring as short dots and dashes mostly in the marginal indentations, occasionally also in the window area.
Dusky dots very rarely perceptible even with a lens, and not clearly distinguishable from the channels.
Colours: Margins & islands various shades of opaque light greenish, yellowish, pinkish or lilac grey, the marginal lines usually contrasting fairly sharply with the colours of the windows and shoulders. Windows & channels various shades of obscurely transluscent grey, greenish or bluish grey, or greyish green or lilac. Rubrications dull reddish or purplish brown. Shoulders various shades of opaque light grey or greenish, bluish, pinkish or yellowish grey, matching but contrasting with the colour of the margins.
Size: Small to large, facial diameters up to 35 X 26 mm, mostly about 20 x 13 mm. Number of heads up to 50 or more, mostly 2-5. A giant specimen which was in cultivation for some 20 years developed more than 350 heads.

Flowers:


White, small to very large, up to 50 mm Ø, mostly 25-35 mm Ø.
Seed capsules mostly 5-merous (93%), otherwise 6-merous (6%) and 4-merous (1%). Profile boat-shaped, top flat to slightly convex. Face elliptic to broadly elliptic, up to 8 X 6 mm, mostly about 7 X 5 mm.
Seeds yellow-brown; smooth to rugose 1, flecked.

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Lithops salicola L. Bol. (1936)



acf 'Bacchus' (1999)

Description:


Differs from the type in being the colour of dark red wine.

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Lithops salicola L. Bol. (1936)



acf 'Malachite' (1985)

Origin:


Collected by Johann van Schalkwyk in 1978.

Distribution:


The single plant found by Johann van Schalkwyk was in colony C351, SW of Lückhoff, OFS, but reports indicate that specimens have been found and collected also in other colonies and are in cultivation.

Description:


Significantly different in colour, but in all other respects the same as the type.
Colours: Margins & islands suffused with opaque greenish yellow. Windows obscurely transluscent greyish green. Shoulders opaque milky bluish grey.

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


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