Lithops Lavante Star is a charming form of Lithops, unusual indoor plants that are often known as flowering or living stones because that's exactly what they appear to be! These plants mimic stones in their natural environment of Africa. Their name comes from the Ancient Greek words lithos, meaning stone and ops, meaning face. There's always a good reason for camouflage and in this case it's in order to avoid being eaten by animals. Grazing animals which might be tempted to eat them during periods of drought in order to obtain moisture, usually overlook them. Even experts in the field sometimes have difficulty locating plants for study because of this unusual deceptive camouflage.