23rd of november, a green bud. It’s Lithops lesliei ‘albinica’.
Just the next day: slightly rosy petals already there.
In the late afternoon of the 28th of november, a rather windy and dusky day, the flower opens for the first time. The long pistils seem already receptive while the stamina still remain undeveloped in the bottom of the flower.
I bought this clump while in flower several month ago and always thought it to be four plants tightly grown together in a little pot – a reason I usually do not like to buy plants in large shopping centres is that plants there are handled as disposable articles – and after flowering I planted it just as it came out of the pot in a big planter outside. Lithops lesliei does well with our winter rain regime, but it came clear, that it would not be a good idea to place other Lithops species near to it.
It survived the bill of a blackbird, heavy rainfall and a lot of neglect. Now I decided it was time to plant it back to a new pot, like most of the other Lithops have, and to remove the old substrate, plain peat.
I planned to plant two pots, but to my big surprise, there weren’t four plants, but just one: a five-headed, well grown Lithops lesliei ‘albinica’! Now I understand why the seedpods are empty of seeds and if I ever want seeds from this nice cultivar, I should try to get a second one!