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hookeri subfenestrata brunneoviolacea  2º pair of leavesThis particular Lithops hookeri var subfenestrata ‘brunneoviolacea’ is the first of all Lithops species sown in November 2013 to change into the second pair of true leaves. From first to the second pair of leaves it took only two months. First sign was the fissure beginning to open to the slot which still can be seen in the old pair of fusioned leaves. In the end the new body didn’t emerge through this gap,  but ripped open the old leaves laterally. They now spend shadow to the new, like a juicy beret.

Lithops hookeri 2Three weeks later the beret is still there.

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14 months old, February: all L. hookeri are changing clothes. As far as I can tell, the fissures are complete now – but there are still a few where the old leaves cover the new ones.

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Strong colours, all of a strange maroon palette. Strange but appealing. The markings also get stronger now. And one characteristic disappeared: no made-up lips any more! The fissure looks thin, dark and sober now.

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