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 )
stevebooth: I don’t begrudge them the Sphagnum, it’s what is with it that I covet, plus they seem to totally remove the top layer and use the lower levels, I have hopefully rendered many of the pots more birdproof this afternoon.
Jun 6, 2021 21:04:52 GMT
dvg: So apparently the UK variant somehow commingled with the Indian variant to make a super love-child that's been named the Delta Strain...
Jun 9, 2021 22:48:04 GMT
dvg: Sheesh...sounds like the sequel to another bad Chuck Norris movie series
Jun 9, 2021 22:50:01 GMT
dvg: Silent Rage mighta been more fitting...it's about a mutant that refuses to die...
Jun 9, 2021 22:51:06 GMT
fredg: Hmmmm sounds more like a description of corky's pal
Jun 10, 2021 7:14:52 GMT
dvg: You'll know he's powering up when he downs a half bottle of mezcal, to claim the worm at the bottom
Jun 10, 2021 22:23:45 GMT
stevebooth: The first new outside pitcher of the year has opened today, that’s some difference to the greenhouse plants. The flowers are looking nice though.
Jun 11, 2021 7:01:40 GMT