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Abbey Brook Cactus Nursery
Old Hackney Lane
Matlock
Derbyshire
DE4 2QJ

 


LITHOPS bowl containing all 35 species. It was made up specially for an exhibit in the NCCPG Heritage Marquee at the 2004 Hampton Court Flower Show.
A guess the number of plants competition to raise money for the NCCPG was organised. It was won by a lady in Kent with the correct number of 149
The Bowl has been awarded a Cultural Commendation by the R.H.S


^ 36 LITHOPS FRANCISCI VAR. GESINAE

^ LITHOPS TURBINIFORMIS F. BRUNNEO-VIOLACEA

^ LITHOPS LESLIEI VAR. VENTERI


LITHOPS

Abbey Brook is N.C.C.P.G. National Collection holder of this genus. There are over 500 accessions which includes all species, varieties and forms and a large number of plants with provenance and field data. It also includes many of Cole’s numbers. Although Brian was the first to hybridise Lithops in the 1960’s with the aim of determining relationships between species and varieties, we are not particularly interested in artificial cultivars, and refuse to name any of our own. We believe that there is enough variation in the natural populations to satisfy most collectors. The collection has scientific status, the top designation for a National Collection.

My mentor for this genus was the late Dr. H.W.deBoer, who lived near Groningen in Holland. In the early 1960’s I spent many happy hours with him in his greenhouse and conservatory, just talking Lithops. I owe my knowledge and enthusiasm for this genus to him. He encouraged me to write up my work on the genus Lithops, for which I was awarded a Master Degree by Sheffield University in 1969, for a thesis entitled ‘The Taxonomy and Phytogeography of the genus Lithops. We always have a wide range of Lithops plants for sale at the nursery.