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This unique monograph of the genus Lithops features all 91 currently accepted species from a field research perspective and provides a valuable guide to lithops in their natural surroundings.
2000 colour habitat photographs and 13 typographic maps illustrate lithops relationships, diversity and distribution in southern Africa and a new simplified taxonomy is suggested. Sixty portraits and related biographic information honour the dedicated work of past and present Lithoparians.
A thorough review of published botanic and scientific data on Lithops plus a comprehensive annotated bibliography including over 700 references make Wild Lithops a benchmark for plant lovers, succulent breeders and specialists of the unparalleled Living Stones.
Harald Jainta was born in 1963 and grew up in Adorf, Vogtland, Germany. In the 1980s he became interested in succulent plants and established a small collection including Lithops. After studying Biochemistry in Leipzig he has worked in research and management positions at pharmaceutical companies in Germany since 1988. His purely private passion to study lithops in the wild began in 2003 and through all subsequent sixteen field trips he was accompanied by his wife Anja.