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Didymaotus lapidiformis (twin mesemb, tweelingvygie (Afr.)) is a highly succulent dwarf plant that occurs localised in a small area in the semi- desert southern Tanqua Karoo.

The plant body consists of a single leaf pair, but can form small clumps with age. Didymaotus lapidiformis is a mimicry plant and in habitat the plants blend with the multi-coloured pebbles amongst which they grow.

Didymaotus lapidiformis distinguishes itself from other living stones in that it produces two flowers simultaneously. One on each side of a leaf pair. The flowers are white to purplish-pink.

The plants are difficult to cultivate and Didymaotus lapidiformis needs special care in a bright greenhouse with minimal watering.

Didymaotus lapidiformis is the only member of the genus.

Didymaotus lapidiformisDidymaotus lapidiformis in habitat.