I don't think it's as easy matching a face Doug. Every plant seems to have different markings. In habitat the plants match the ambient rock colours, otherwise the grazers will remove them but in horticulture we don't weed out the sports and different colours. Humans are not so good at natural selection in plants, we tend to value the plants nature disposes of so we're counter-evolutionaries. Looking at photos the species, to me, can be confused readily. I've seen online discussions on no id photos supplied and there's always several identifications proposed. The process seems to end when the name of least objection is adopted. We're really dependent on correct labelling of both plants and seed. The seed also needs to be carefully obtained and measures taken to prevent hybridisation. As for numbers, there's a lot less than 245, there's only 37 species. You're counting sub-species, varieties and forms in that
I'm just waiting for a budding taxonomist to come along and rename the whole lot so he can sell his book and get his Masters or PhD. That seems to be the way it happens with other genera.
That's a good thought provoking answer Fred...lotsa meat on that bone.
Interesting comment about the pressure of these plants to conform to and fit into the color patterning of local terrain, in order to avoid detection and consequent removal from their patch by grazers...which constitutes a rejection.
But once in cultivation, the pressures are different.
Humans in today's modern world are pressured by advertisers and corporations to stand out, to be unique, to be special.
In a batch of seed grown Lithops , it is normal that folks will most naturally be attracted to the bright, the bold, and the bizarre, anything that sticks out as very unique.
Lithops strategy of not drawing attention to itself, is a strong contrast to what is appealing to humans.
We really have our own inner wiring working against us here with regards to being unbiased stewards for keeping accurate representations of locale specimens in cultivation, especially with each successive generation from the seed of "human selected" cultural plants.
They germinated even with the cool temperatures we've had of late. I've removed these from the cold propagators to let them have some air. Hopefully a few more will germinate.(There's plenty more pots to go at )
fredg: I don't think Roger knows how the Y's are worn during the ceremony
Sept 15, 2021 11:00:25 GMT
dvg: Nuances are lost on the uninitiated...
Sept 15, 2021 14:24:02 GMT
dvg: ...where the Ys are worn notwithstanding, there is a lot to consider - inside out, upside down, turned backwards, at halfmast, waistband rolled in or out, the tilt, and all of the combinations and permutations of these subtleties and others not mentioned
Sept 15, 2021 15:33:54 GMT
dvg: It's a lot to take in
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dvg: It's truly saddening to me that we've made headlines due to an inept and unaccountable provincial government, paralyzed by politics...
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