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sushiwaitress

It's pretty much all lithops, all the time -- in excruciating detail. (I might have a problem.) Consider yourselves warned. NJ USA Zone 7a

Lithops Lesliei subsp. Burchellii C308

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sushiwaitress

RIP #lithopsleslieisspburchellii I got too careless with the attempted rehydration. Worst part was, by the time I noticed it was in trouble it hadn't been watered in over a week and the damage had long been done. #delayedreaction #lithops #livingstones #succulents #learnsomethingneweveryday #alwayslearning #learning

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angiie

So sorry @sushiwaitress 😕

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kylers

I guess this is how we learn about these plants .

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lydiastirling

😱😢

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sushiwaitress

Last step of this #lithops intervention: some #pumicetherapy -- actually this is #grittymix therapy because I ran out of pumice fines. I'm leaving this 2" pot in a small dish of water so that the soil mix wicks up the water. DO NOT DO THIS WITH HEALTHY LITHOPS. This is a last-ditch effort to save a horribly underwatered plant. A healthy lithops would burst itself given this much moisture. Plus we're having a 100°F heat wave in the USA, and this water will be evaporated by evening. 21 Jul 2019

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sushiwaitress

#lithops #livingstones #succulents #lithops-emergencyroom #succulent-rescue

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sushiwaitress

To give this #lithopsleslieisspburchellii a quicker recovery, I picked off some of the cork material that covers the living white #root tissue. (I used to use tiny scissors, but now I do it just with my thumbnail.) The white roots can more easily sense the moisture in the soil if they don't always have to pierce through the cork. And with a plant weakened this much, I want to give it all the help I can. 21 Jul 2019 #lithops #livingstones #succulents #lithops-emergencyroom #lithopsroots

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sushiwaitress

This is unfortunate. I'd wondered why this guy remained so small, and when I unpotted the group of six #mesagarden #lithops I discovered the reason why: the roots have not thrived. All is not lost, however. I have successfully brought back a couple lithops in this state, so we'll see if this one can make it back as well 21 Jul 2019 #lithops #livingstones #succulents #lithopsleslieisspburchellii #lithopsroots

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sushiwaitress

If all goes well, it'll be back to normal in 4-6 weeks.

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cyndi

I wish you best.

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sushiwaitress

I snuggled this little guy back down into the pot of pumice with his brothers, but now I'm wondering if I should take this opportunity to put him in a separate pot. Undecided so far. 1 Mar 2019 #lithops #livingstones #succulents #lithopsleslieisspburchellii

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sushiwaitress

Old leaves getting all crispy. Almost all used up. Hopefully soon I can start watering this guy and get his roots growing again. 1 Mar 2019 #lithops #livingstones #succulents #lithopsleslieisspburchellii

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sushiwaitress

This happened. 👎😭 Stephen Hammer's book says DON'T MOVE YOUR LITHOPS because the pot-jostling makes their roots loose. I of course move my pots almost every day (to take photos) and tonight I bumped this pot and he just popped right out of the pumice. Might as well take a snap of his roots while I'm at it. 1 Mar 2019 #lithops #livingstones #succulents #lithopsleslieisspburchellii

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terrimclaughlin

And you always give them sooo much TLC ☹️😢

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sushiwaitress

@terrimclaughlin I think he'll survive.

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Oly

😨

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sushiwaitress

@Oly exactly how I felt about it

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sushiwaitress

POP! 25 Feb 2019 #lithops #livingstones #succulents #lithopsleslieisspburchellii

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KariSamuel

There she is! 🤗

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sushiwaitress

23 Feb 2019 #lithops #livingstones #succulents #lithopsleslieisspburchellii

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sushiwaitress

21 Feb 2019 #lithops #livingstones #succulents #lithopsleslieisspburchellii #twins #wrinkly #texture

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sushiwaitress

18 Feb 2019 #lithops #livingstones #succulents #lithopsleslieisspburchellii #twins #lithopssplitting #pumice

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richard.spicer.7906

Wow 😯 that looks a squeeze!

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Oly

😍

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sushiwaitress

16 Feb 2019 #lithops #livingstones #succulents #lithopsleslieisspburchellii #twins

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sushiwaitress

Outer leaf edges are looking kind of ruffled. 13 Feb 2019 #lithops #livingstones #succulents #lithopsleslieisspburchellii

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sushiwaitress

7 Feb 2019 #lithops #livingstones #succulents #lithopsleslieivventeri #twins

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terrimclaughlin

So is this one giving u two babies??🤗🤗😊💕

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sushiwaitress

@terrimclaughlin yep!! Some varieties branch into multiple heads more than others. I don't know which though, so it's always a surprise to me.

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sushiwaitress

The tilt on this guy reminds me of Noah's ark run aground on the mountain after the great flood. 29 Jan 2019 #lithops #livingstones #succulents #lithopsleslieisspburchellii 🌧☔🚣‍♀️⛰🕊🌈

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kez001uk

🤣😂🤣

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lovestogarden

😂👏👏👏

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sushiwaitress

26 Jan 2019 #lithops #livingstones #succulents #lithopsleslieisspburchellii

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sushiwaitress

20 Jan 2019 #lithops #livingstones #succulents #pumice #lithopsleslieisspburchellii

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Oly

😍

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sushiwaitress

20 Jan 2019 #lithops #livingstones #succulents #pumice #lithopsleslieisspburchellii where did your other half go? 😂

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sushiwaitress

10 Jan 2018 #lithops #seedlings #grownfromseed #fromseed #growyourown #gyo #gyolithops #twins

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sushiwaitress

It's neat to see the outer leaves' color fading back to the color that last year's set of outer leaves had when I first got this guy. The circle of #lithops ☺ #livingstones #succulents 23 Dec 2018 #lithopsleslieisspburchellii

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sushiwaitress

#lithopsleslieisspburchellii #lithops #livingstones #pumice #succulents 20 Dec 2018

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jyotu

Lovely pattern 😍

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sushiwaitress

Total #muppetmouth #lithops #livingstones #pumice #succulents #lithopsleslieisspburchellii

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sushiwaitress

Cute little fannies #lithops #livingstones #pumice #succulents #lithopsleslieisspburchellii 5 Dec 2018

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sushiwaitress

Looks like it's actually going to be twins! I thought "maaaaaaybe, just maybe" but couldn't quite be sure, but now it looks definitively like I'm going to have my first twins (that I didn't buy that way)! Another lithops milestone. 😃😃 #lithops #livingstones #pumice #succulents #lithopsleslieisspburchellii

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kimguy

Awww Twins!👶👶

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sushiwaitress

thanks @KelsiBriana and @kimguy -- I'm so excited. They're super freaking adorable 😍😍

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kimguy

I would be excited too Ruth!!!

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sushiwaitress

The split has widened and I can see down into more of the cavity now. #lithops #livingstones #pumice #succulents #lithopsleslieisspburchellii

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sushiwaitress

Progress #lithops #livingstones #pumice #succulents #lithopsleslieisspburchellii

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#lithops #livingstones #pumice #succulents #lithopsleslieisspburchellii 23 Nov 2018

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sushiwaitress

Opening wider!.... #lithops #livingstones #pumice #succulents #lithopsleslieisspburchellii 23 Nov 2018

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sushiwaitress

POP! This is new since last night: proof that I didn't damage it too bad earlier this year when I let it get so dried out. There are still some shallow wrinkles left on the side, but it made new leaves anyway. Yay! #lithops change so slowly in little but noticeable increments. You get sudden surprises every so often. 21 Nov 2018

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sushiwaitress

#livingstones #pumice #succulents #lithopsleslieisspburchellii

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sushiwaitress

After several weeks of misting every three days or so, the wrinkles are slowly filling back in. Scroll left to see progress. #lithopsleslieisspburchellii #lithops #livingstones #pumice #succulents #thepowerofpumice

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pixierose

I bought one pot of living stones but they died. I don’t know If I overwatered them. I’ll try again when I can find some. 🙏🏼🤞🏼

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sushiwaitress

@pixierose I killed a bunch by underwatering. They're tricky. 🤷‍♀️

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pixierose

@sushiwaitress oh really?? They are fussy then? 🤔

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sushiwaitress

Yeah, very fussy. Soil has to be just right; they're susceptible to disease; sometimes they die for no good reason. But I'm still obsessed. @pixierose

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sushiwaitress

#lithops #livingstones #succulents #grittymix 13 Oct 2018 #lithopsleslieisspburchellii #lithopsleslieivventeri #lithops-aucampiae-kuruman

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sushiwaitress

I love the powdery blue color it has this time of year. When it first hatched this past spring it was pink. #lithopsleslieisspburchellii #lithops #livingstones #pumice #succulents #succulentsunday

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erino

Stunning, that one is going on my list for next year's seed purchase =)

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sushiwaitress

I've been trying to rehabilitate this guy for a long time. He's just not seeming to thrive the way the others are. I suspect insufficient roots. I've been misting him for the past few weeks and I think today the wrinkles look like they're filling back in a little. #lithopsleslieisspburchellii #lithops #livingstones #pumice #succulents

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sushiwaitress

My last patient, with nearby roommates. #lithopsleslieisspburchellii #lithops #livingstones #pumice #succulents #lithops-aucampiae-kuruman #lithopsotzeniana #lithops-aucampiae-v-koelemanii

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sushiwaitress

Gave this guy a good drench last night. I think maybe his wrinkles are starting to fill back out again... unless I'm imagining it. #lithops #livingstones #pumice #succulents #lithopsleslieisspburchellii

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sushiwaitress

This #lithopsleslieisspburchellii is still pretty wrinkly after its root trim, but I think it's making a little progress. Wrinkles unfolding a little perhaps. Maybe 1-2mm taller. Hope he continues to improve. #lithops #livingstones #pumice #succulents

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kimguy

O.k. Ruth, I need a lesson. Why do you trim the roots? @sushiwaitress

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sushiwaitress

@kimguy it's not something you do routinely. I was trying to pull off a dried up old leaf and the whole plant came right out of the soil -- which revealed that the roots had barely grown at all since I got it in February (5 months ago).

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sushiwaitress

@kimguy Lithops grow a kind of corky covering around the white root tissue, and if you don't trim that back it can be hard for the living roots to find the water. After reading a bit more I found out that it's a good idea to trim roots if they're dry and crusty after being bare root shipped (which mine were).

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sushiwaitress

@kimguy But I didn't know about the root-trimming thing in February, so when it popped out of the soil the other week I finally realized what was going on. @ashleyglassman has a lot of videos about lithops on her YouTube channel, which is how I learned about trimming roots.

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kimguy

Thanks so much! @sushiwaitress

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sushiwaitress

This is the other guy whose roots got trimmed the other week (edit: on 26 June). (Photos are filed with my lithops lesliei v venteri) He got a few sprays of water the other day and seems to be standing up a little taller now... I really hope I'm not hallucinating #lithopsleslieisspburchellii #lithops #livingstones #pumice #succulents 9 July 2018

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plants

Just love them 💚any advise on growing would be appreciated @sushiwaitress Ruth thank you 😊Judy

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AdamMoreno

@sushiwaitress, are you growing your lithops in straight pumice or is that just a top dressing?

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sushiwaitress

@AdamMoreno this is straight pumice. I bought these plants, so they were pretty well established so I put them in pumice. The grains were probably a little too big though. Always learning.

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sushiwaitress

@plants my advice for lithops is to read about them for a month or two before before spending money

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sushiwaitress

This guy is still wrinkling so I gave him a few squirts of water yesterday. Six squirts, I think. #lithops #livingstones #pumice #succulents #lithopsleslieisspburchellii

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sushiwaitress

Gave this guy a soak last week but he's still wrinkly. He and his roommates are in 100% pumice so I might risk watering them again in a few days. #lithops #livingstones #pumice #succulents #lithopsleslieisspburchellii

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kimguy

Nice one!!!

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sushiwaitress

Kind of delighted to see the pinky blush developing on the side of my #lithopsleslieisspburchellii Its smooth oval shape is so satisfying. 😍 #lithops #livingstones #pumice #succulents #cutiepatootie #smallisbeautiful #upclose #closeup

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sushiwaitress

@Naomi126 Got this guy from #mesagarden for $4.50 plus shipping. Search this page for "C308 beautiful new form" http://www.mesagarden.com/succplnt.html

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Naomi126

Cheers , can safely say not to Edinburgh Scotland 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 😬 but good tip for guys your side of the pond . Many thanks 🙏 #tip

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sushiwaitress

Oh well. ☹ @Naomi126 are the daffodils blooming on the side of the big hill with the castle? (Is that Balmoral?) I visited Edinburgh back in 1999 around this time of year and it was absolutely breathtaking.

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Naomi126

That they are, I’ll be going past it on the bus tomo, ( here tomo 😬🤗) I’ll try and grab an in focus pic for you. Press here thou for last years #edinburghcastle #balmoral

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kimguy

I love this guy!!! @sushiwaitress

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winston30piggy

I have some tiny bright green lithops, new growth.

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sushiwaitress

Love the crepe-y texture of the discarded outer leaves. #lithopsleslieisspburchellii #lithops #livingstones #pumice #succulents

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kimguy

They are pretty cool😎💜 @sushiwaitress

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sushiwaitress

While I was busy posting the photos I took of them this morning, this guy was busily wriggling out of his old leaves. Surprise! Man these #lithops are speed demons on warm sunny days. And it's still only March (barely). 31 Mar 2018 #lithopsleslieisspburchellii #lithops #livingstones #pumice #succulents #afternoonsun

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sushiwaitress

Burchellii you magnificent bean! 😍 #lithopsleslieisspburchellii #lithops #livingstones #pumice #succulents #afternoonsun

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sushiwaitress

Good job #lithopsleslieisspburchellii you did it. #lithops #livingstones #pumice #succulents

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sushiwaitress

So wrinkly! #lithops #livingstones #pumice #succulents #lithopsleslieisspburchellii

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sushiwaitress

SO glad to see this #lithopsleslieisspburchellii continuing to push out of its old leaves. Its buddies #lithops-aucampiae-kuruman and #lithopsleslieivventeri are hanging out nearby, keeping him company. #lithops #livingstones #pumice #succulents

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sushiwaitress

More progress by this guy too. #lithopsleslieisspburchellii #lithops #livingstones #pumice #succulents

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sushiwaitress

I've been worried about this guy because he started splitting and then just.... stopped. I thought maybe his roots never recovered? I gave him one spray of water the other day right at his roots, and today he looks fuller, like he's straining against the confines of his old leaves. Guess he was just deflating his old leaves instead of bursting through them. These guys all have their own moves. #lithops #livingstones #pumice #succulents #lithopsleslieisspburchellii

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sushiwaitress

Mayne a tiiiiny bit of widening since the last photo? #lithops #livingstones #pumice #succulents #lithopsleslieisspburchellii

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sushiwaitress

Little worried about this guy. Going to give him a spray of rainwater. #lithops #livingstones #pumice #succulents #lithopsleslieisspburchellii

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sushiwaitress

Look ma! No dust! (Ok, much less dust) #lithops #livingstones #succulents #pumice #lithopsleslieisspburchellii

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sushiwaitress

The line of dirt shows how much it has opened since I got it. #lithops #livingstones #succulents #pumice #lithopsleslieisspburchellii

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kimguy

That's an interesting one!

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sushiwaitress

Edges cracking more and more #lithops #livingstones #succulents #pumice #lithopsleslieisspburchellii

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AissaFlowers

so strange yet interesting!

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sushiwaitress

#lithopsleslieisspburchellii I love the gray lace #lithops #livingstones #succulents #pumice #mesagarden

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sushiwaitress

Measured this guy as 17mm wide today 18 Feb 2018

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sushiwaitress

Number five of six new #lithops babies from #mesagarden. I'm so jazzed about this one -- its top is blue-gray and covered with a branching mesh of delicate dark lace. #livingstones #succulents #mesembryanthemum #lithopsleslieisspburchellii

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