welwitschia

NOUN
  1. curious plant of arid regions of southwestern Africa having a yard-high and yard-wide trunk like a turnip with a deep taproot and two large persistent woody straplike leaves growing from the base; living relic of a flora long disappeared; some may be 700-5000 years old
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  • These totals incorporate both terrestrial and aquatic angiosperms, together with gymnosperms, including the enigmatic gnetophyte Welwitschia mirabilis.
  • According to George Lindsay, welwitschias also absorb moisture in the form of dense fog that flows over the Namib Desert.
  • A single pair of leaves is the sum total of the foliage that welwitschias produce in their lifetime.
  • Here you find the most extreme desert adapted fauna and flora including Hartmann's Mountain zebra, chameleons, 1,000 year old welwitschia and quiver trees.
  • The famous relict gymnosperm Welwitschia mirabilis is also found throughout the ecoregion, and it is often the most conspicuous feature of the vegetation, scattered about the arid plains at intervals of 50 to 100 m. Kaokoveld desert
  • The relict gymnosperm Welwitschia mirabilis, which represents the sole surviving member of its family, is found throughout the ecoregion. Kaokoveld desert
  • I lived among welwitschia in Northwest Namibia and fond them fascinating.
  • Nearby spread the prehistoric-looking tentacles of Welwitschia plants that date from the age of the dinosaurs.
  • The Centre is also monitoring a population of welwitschias further upriver, at the site of the old Hope copper mine.
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