Cultivars are identified by adding to the scientific name of the plant a word or phrase (often of English origin) beginning with a capital letter and placed between single quotation marks (eg Lithops dinteri ‘Dintergreen’).

Cultivars have three main origins :

1 – a change of color of the flower (yellow of vallis-mariae vs. white of ‘Valley’s Girl’)

2 – a change of color of the epidermis (mauve of dinteri vs. green of ‘Dintergreen’)

3 – a genetic selection focused on a particular form of drawing (lines of schwantesii vs. network of ‘Nutwerk’)

To access a precise description, to know the origin of the cultivar and to understand the meaning of its name, consult the sheets of the cultivars in the encyclopedia of the Cactus Francophone.

Cultivars distinguished by a change of color of the flower.

For each pair of gallery photos, left: normal flower color, right: aberrant flower color.

Lithops verruculosa cv. ‘Rose of Texas’  (C159A)

Aberration of color of the flower (pink instead of yellow or orange) appeared, in 1985, in the seedlings of Ed Storms at Azle (Texas, USA).

Lithops lesliei var. minor cv. Witblom‘ (C006A)

Aberration of color of the flower (white instead of yellow) discovered in the C006 wild population by N. and D. Cole.

Cultivars distinguished by a change of color of the epidermis.

For each pair of gallery photos, left: normal epidermis color, right: aberrant epidermis color.

Lithops bromfieldii var. insularis cv. ‘Sulphurea’  (C362)

Aberration of epidermis color (yellow green instead of brown) appeared in 1958, in Yasuhiko Shimada seedlings in Japan.

Lithops aucampiae cv. ‘Rudesheim Ruby’

Aberration of epidermis color (garnet red instead of brown) appeared in Jossie Brandt’s seedlings in Rudesheim near Griquatown in South Africa.

Lithops marmorata cv. ‘Polepsky Smaragd’

Aberration of epidermis color (pale green instead of gray) appeared in Vladimir Vojacek’s seedlings at Polepy in the Tchek

Republic.

Cultivars distinguished by a change of color of the flower and epidermis.

For each pair of gallery photos, left: normal color, right: aberrant color.

Lithops lesliei cv. ‘Albinica’ (C036A)

Natural color variation of the epidermis (green and yellow green instead of dark green and brown) and flowers (white instead of yellow) observed only in one locality near Warrenton (C036) in South Africa.

Lithops fulviceps cv. ‘Aurea’ (C363)

Color aberrations of flowers (white instead of yellow) and epidermis (Chartreuse green instead of brown) appeared in Yasuhiko Shimada seedlings in Japan.

Cultivars distinguished by a change of the apex drawings.

For each pair of gallery photos, left: normal drawing, right: selected drawing.

Lithops julii cv. ‘Hot Lips’ (C183A)

Exaggeration of the drawing of wild specimens of C183 selected by Steven Hammer in California (USA).