Rare Lithops Gracilidelineata - Living Stones Exotic Ice Plant
Lithops gracilidelineata is easily recognizable for the clear pastel body and knobbed top with fine brown lines. The network of thin brown lines, which is the prominent feature of the top surface shows is quite uniform in the way it anatomizes and also in its coloration. Its face is very clear in color and has one of the most opaque windows to be found in the genus.
Habit: It rarely forms more than a single head or, if branched, forms only a few bodies in a clump. It is variable, but conforms to the typical Lithops morphology: two thick, fleshy windowed leaves separated by a crack from which a yellow flower appears.
The windowed part allows light into the inner portion of the leaf where the process of photosynthesis is carried out. Old leaves persist for one year usually, often for two years.
Bodies (paired leaves): Top-shaped, truncate in profile, more or less convex, 30-50 mm 1ong, 20-38 mm broad; fissure shallow, faces flush, round to mostly elliptic, window opaque; top knobby, various shades of creamy-white or greyish-white.
Windows are very opaque a not evident, Rubrications are usually a network of brown lines, mostly set in a fairly regular network of shallow valleys, margins not clearly distinguishable
Flowers are yellow 20-45 mm in diameter. Sepals 8 mm long, 2-3 mm broad.
Fruits: 6(-7)-chambered, profile rotund to boat-shaped, top convex to peaked, faces broadly elliptic.