Are they Stones?

Moumita Mazumdar


Survival strategies in the plant kingdom are diverse and fascinating. Despite their sessile nature, plants have evolved various mechanisms to ensure survival in different environments and protect themselves from predators. One intriguing example of such adaptations is observed in Lithops, commonly known as “flowering stones” or “living stones”. These plants employ a unique survival strategy by resembling small rocks, enabling them to evade herbivores during grazing periods.

Lithops are native to Namibia and South Africa, and their uncanny resemblance to sand and stones in shape, size, and colour makes them incredibly difficult to spot, even for experienced observers. This remarkable camouflage has likely evolved as a defence mechanism against…read more on NOPR