Dinteranthus Vanzylii

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Dinteranthus vanzylii is an intriguing solitary or clumping plant with attractive bodies and flowers that is very similar to Lithops in shape and colours but with no apparent dormant period. Its sunken growth form is understood as a development parallel to that in Lithops. The other species of Dinteranthus grows above ground.

The strange appearance of Dinteranthus have made them very popular in succulent collections. They are similar in habit to Lithops but grows above ground. They are also called mimicry plants as they show a striking similarity to their background rocks and are difficult to detect when not in flower. The Dinteranthus have a pebbly look and are commonly known as pebble plants or living stones; each species is associated with one particular type of rock formation and occurs nowhere else. This camouflage also reduces the need for chemical defences against herbivores.