Being a plant is difficult. There is an infinite number of threats, and there is very little that plants can do about it. Except for some kind of protection mechanism, only a few plants have to accept their fate. There is no fighting back or running to the plants, so what should they do? A particular plant in South Africa has evolved in such a unique way that it prevents it from being seen even by greasers and other animals, otherwise it can be killed or eaten. No, this is not an invisible dress; It is a rock.
Lithops, also known as living stones or flowering stones, are beautiful plants that evolve to blend in with their surroundings to avoid being eaten by grazing animals. They do this like rocks. Often, animals know that they cannot eat stones, and never touch them, so until these plants remain to look like rocks, the greasers will walk straight into them and not even remember they were there.
Most lithops bloom in autumn and early winter, producing yellow, pale orange or white petals with many petals, like daisies.
Why did they create this wonderful camouflage? Well, in the wild, lithops live in the vast arid regions of South Africa, where there is little rain and can be anything for months. Like a cactus, they survive for a long time due to their ability to store water. The leaves are thick enough to save sufficient water for the plants to survive without rain for several weeks. However, this makes them very affectionate of eating. The most delicious and water-rich in South Africa is the most attractive quality, which is why they “disappear” from predators.
In extension to this, thanks to the fact that they flourish in low humidity and require frequent watering and care, lithops make excellent houseplants. They need good sunlight and they take care of the rest. Although they take three to five years to bloom, they are still beautiful but inhabit an elaborate rock.
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