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Is this content inappropriate? Report this Document. Description: Lithops - Treasures of the Veld plant biology. Flag for Inappropriate Content. Download Now. Related titles. Carousel Previous Carousel Next. John Pilbeam - Thelocactus. Jump to Page. Search inside document. Osa coonmats genus Lithops N. Br, Steven A. In this the latest B. He takes us in the greenhouse and advises how to best cultivate lithops, from pollinating the plants to seed-raising, from light requirements to resting the plants.

With the excellent photography of Chris Barnhill the reader is then treated to a profusion of lithops mugshots. Accom- panying the photographs are descriptions, distributions and other notes for each species, including observations on any cultivars for that species. Steven A. Hammer, September All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrivoal system or transmitted in any form or by any nieans, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the permission of the Publisher and Copyright owners.

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After Many a Summer Brown's Lithops Collection Brown of Kew to J. Hammer in August Passing through England en route from South Africa, he visited our collection, then in Brighton, with his old friend Betty Athy.

I remember his extremely rapid speech; he remembers a fantastically orange Lithops gracilidelineata subsp.

Little did I realise the effect this meeting and his influence would have during the next two decades! I was sure that the subject would be popular, and felt that Steven Hammer, an expert grower, should to be invited to author the book. Steven decided that if he approached the subject primarily from the horticultural viewpoint, he could offer some fresh ideas. In the process he has reacquainted us with the rarest taxa, introduced us to the more recent cultivars, offered new solutions to the problems of cultivation, opened complacent eyes to the delightful diversity within each species, and given life to old metaphors.

Steven, to use his own words, is a completely incompetent photographer. Fortunately his friend Chris Barnhill is the reverse and has complemented Steven's words with his beautiful illustrations, taken over a year-long cycle. This book is further enhanced by the lively drawings of another superb lithops-grower, Gerhard Marx, and by Jonathan Clark's revised key to the genus, the original version of which was published in Bradleya I imagine that having an excellent visual memory is a considerable help, as is the stimulus of the thousands of unusual plants which surround him, not to mention the experience accrued on his trips to the southern African veld and the support of his many friends around the world.

Steven did not train as a botanist but rather as a gifted pianist. As early as , when he was merely eleven years old, his love for Bach had a rival, a love for mesembs which started, not surprisingly, with lithops and conophytums. Soon it embraced the shrubbier mesembs and many other succulent families; eventually plants became his life Since , Steven has infected and injected the Mesemb Study Group Bulletin with his enthusiastic encouragement, copious musings, sharp observations and joie de vivre, enabling the publication and the group to flourish.

In his much- read Conograplt, a unique and influential book, was published. T hope that through this new book readers will become further afflicted with the wonderful disease of plant love. Introduction hat more is there to write about the genus Lithops? A fair amount, to judge from the length of this tome. When I was approached about its authorship, Thad no doubt that I could spill sufficient ink. But I had no wish merely to rephrase or condense Desmond Cole, whose well-chosen words and novel, long-considered concepts need no further aping.

Though his book Lithops: Flowering Stones is out-of- print and not as widely accessible as one might wish, it will remain the standard for years to come.

There are, however, some points Cole did not touch, among them the individual merits of various populations, the erratic behaviours of certain species in cultivation, especially under northern hemispheric conditions, and the recreation of cultivars. Much of it seems outdated and quaint, but much is still perfectly sound, and it is inevitable that echo some of it. Its adaptation is very peculiar and where it grows is so attractive, that a search for Lithaps is always enveloped in an atmosphere of adventure — a search as it were for treasure: which require experience and a spirit of enterprise.

Treasures of loveliness. Then, the many species are wonderful, since the difference between them is and cannot be great. What other botanical work fuses wisps of Goethean teleology with shrewd biological speculations? Many field and laboratory observations have been made since , and I will mention a few of these as well. The technical literature on Lithops is much larger than many collectors realize, and not all of it is arcane.

In the 's Dr. Hindrik W. Most of them concerned new taxa, but de Boer also discussed such things as variability in the genus and analytical keys. My own contributions to the literature are minor, non-technical, and have been based mostly on my horticultural experience, which dates back to Since then I Rave repeated or re-invented every major mistake in lithops- raising.

I have, however, successfully reared some , lithops from seed, and it is on that basis that I offer so much advice. Acknowledgements Ox the years, many friends have encouraged my interest in lithops. Only a few common species were cultivated at first. In the 's N. E, Brown sold a few seedlings of L. In the same period the general interest in succulent plants burgeoned, and many collectors awakened to the singular beauty of lithops; naturally they craved living plants.

He also collected a great deal of seed. In the 's fences were few and ecological concerns were fewer, though far-sighted observers like John Muir and Rudolph Marloth were already alarmed. Roux, much of it going to Hindrik de Boer , who amassed the finest pre-Cole collection in his modest greenhouse near Groningen, Holland. Coles to Newcastle, and Other Colonialists Qierhelminely, the material currently in cultivation has been derived from the seed capsules Naureen Cole sent out, mostly northwards, for some twenty-five years.

Since Naureen sent whole capsules meticulously labelled, she never mixed up loose seeds from several species, an easy thing to do via fingernails, unchecked sieves, or blind machines. The Cole material set a standard for excellence which has hardly been touched in any other genus of succulent plants. It gave Lithops the unique position of a totally available non-monotypic genus.

An apparent exception, L. In all, some colonies were represented. Another important lithops source was Ernst Fritz, a German-South African whose untimely death in terminated many promising horticultural projects. Fritz was a first-class grower, and his material had a distinctive look Either he collected big plants uncon: selected to suit his opulent aesthetic, or his further work with seedlings produced the effect of luxury, though the natural base of his collection was largely equal to that of the Cole collection — in any case, his plants were big!

Of course, further derivatives from such material have compounded any problems, suggesting that only material direct from the source should ever have been given numbers. This was the practice of the late Ed Storms, the renowned Texan nurseryman; if he pollinated e.

Alternatively, one might identify these second- generation, data-debased, plants as. Furthermore, to cross, say, one L, julii population with another compounds any variability, already wide in this species. Does it matter, horticulturally? This has given succulents an untamed quality which many of us find highly attractive. But I suspect that for most general growers, beauty and charm are paramount, purity slightly secondary, data- irueness a guilt-inducing, chore.

One, information which seems irrelevant to you might be fascinating to another collector who will visit your greenhouse and see that you have, for example, a cinnamon-veined L.

Two, tastes and interests can change; what starts out a hobby can become a serious passion, the manic ramifications of which might even take you to South Africa a score of times. It happened to me. Lithops at Home hough this book is centred on lithops as pot- dwellers, it would be sad to omit some notes on lithops as they grow in their natural habitat.

Apart from the intrinsic interest of such information, much of it can be instructive when applied to cultivated plants. I should say straight away that although I have seen and admired most of the species in sifu, these meetings were often superficial and in only a few cases involved any plant extraction or real study.


Lithops - Treasures of the Veld : Observations on the genus Lithops N.E.Br.

This second edition contains descriptions and pictures of all new taxa and cultivars since the first edition published in The author unfolds the history of these unusual plants, shows us them in habitat and includes details of their distribution. The photographs are mostly taken without blooms but a separate section shows many of these 'stones' richly in flower. Deutsch English.


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