We support a Lithops Project, in which a Finish / South African team investigate the extent and evolution of locally optimized camouflage coloration in the genus Lithops. They use hyperspectral and multispectral camera equipment for making detailed comparisons of the visual properties of Lithops species and the soil on which they grow across numerous locations in southern Africa. The picture was made while searching for Lithops localis.
May 2018: We just returned from our 19. Lithops Safari.
The new Locality List can be reviewed at section Update.
Pictures will follow.
has been launched on Aug 21, 2017 in Göttingen, Germany.
From left: Isabell Seeger, Harald Jainta, Noreen Hirschfeld, Klaus Hess.
Signed books for private people can directly be ordered from the author:
### To date Wild Lithops is distributed to 27 countries ###
14.06.2018: Book arrived in Finland
02.01.2018: Book arrived in Israel
Dec 2017: Denmark
Dec 2017: Canada
28.11.2017: Book arrived in Poland
Nov 2017: Malta
02.11.2017: Book arrived in New Zealand
12.10.2017: Book arrived in Czech Republic
10.10.2017: Book arrived in South Korea
05.10.2017: Book arrived in Greece
05.10.2017: Book arrived in the Netherlands
Sep 2017: Switzerland
Sep 2017: Russia
27.09.2017: First book arrived in China, Shanghai
27.09.2017: First book arrived in Hungary
26.09.2017: First book arrived in Sweden
25.09.2017: First book arrived in Australia
24.09.2017: First book arrived in Ukraine
22.09.2017: First book arrived in USA, California
20.09.2017: First book arrived in Japan
15.09.2017: First book arrived in South Africa
09.09.2017: First book arrived in Italy
08.09.2017: First book arrived in Namibia
06.09.2017: First book arrived in USA, Texas
31.08.2017: First book arrived in United Kingdom
31.08.2017: First book arrived in Spain
30.08.2017: First book arrived in France
29.08.2017: Book arrived at first German reader
24.08.2017: First book sent out
21.08.2017: Books are printed and arrived in Göttingen
Lithops are called “Living Stones”. They are tiny, highly-specialized succulents from southern Africa. Indeed, they are very remarkable plants.
In plant kingdom, they are exceptional and extreme examples of camouflage and perfect adaptation to the harsh desert climate. Lithops are truly hard to find in nature.
Beginning in 2003 we often travelled through Namibia and South Africa to systematically document habitats of Lithops. So far, and in 16 trips, we could document 315 colonies.
This web page is aimed introducing into the project "Wild Lithops". It shall show the natural beauty of the plants and inspire other interested people. We hope to get closer to such people supporting natural conservation who like to get in touch with us.
It is also intended to use this platform for a network of field researcher.
We, Anja & Harald Jainta, live in Quickborn/Germany and fell in love with southern Africa. Lithops in nature got our passion. Anja searches and usually finds the plants, Harald studies them intensively, both we made numerous photographs. The essence is shown in the book "Wild Lithops", a new monograph, dedicated for "Lithoparians", nature lovers and friends of Namibia, South Africa and it's desert wonders.