Saturday, 18 June 2016

Welwitschia Mirablilis: An Extraordinary Plant

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Welwitschia mirabilis grows only in the arid deserts of Namibia and Angola. When it was discovered in 1859 by Austrian physician and botanist Friedrich Welwitsch, he was so overwhelmed by the plant that he 'could do nothing but kneel down and gaze at it.'

Welwitschia mirablilis is unusual because the entire plant is comprised of just two leaves. The leaves rest on the ground and as they grow, their ends get split, torn and tattered into multiple ribbons. Many of these plants are over 1,000 years old.

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