Lithops lesliei subsp. lesliei is a complex plant. Apart from there being another subspecies, viz. L. lesliei subsp. burchellii with tiny dark line and dot markings scattered across the pale grey leaf tops, subsp. lesliei is also made up of six recognised varieties on the list of southern African succulents (Smith, et al, 1997).
This dwarf, nearly stemless stone plant has its leaf pairs fused into a partly underground cone with a flat top showing the central fissure, common to plants of the Lithops genus. The leaf tops with flowers and fruit capsules are about all that is seen of growing Lithops plants.
L. lesliei subsp. lesliei leaf tops have a dull bluish translucent green colour with scattered beige markings, often near the margins. Colour and markings on Lithops leaf tops are important in species identification.
Some fruit capsules can be seen taking shape in the slit between the leaf pairs here, the phase following flowering. The pinkish remains of the sepals are busy withering away (Smith, et al, 1998).
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