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Welwitschia Often referred to as a 'living fossil' this is possibly one of the strangest plants on the planet. The Welwitschia actually only produces one pair of leaves which then split over time. It can reach up to 8m in diameter and live for over a thousand years! Geotagged,Namibia,Welwitschia,Welwitschia mirabilis Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

Welwitschia

Often referred to as a 'living fossil' this is possibly one of the strangest plants on the planet. The Welwitschia actually only produces one pair of leaves which then split over time. It can reach up to 8m in diameter and live for over a thousand years!

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  1. This is so weird and impressive in so many ways, thanks for sharing and educating. I've noticed a few very strange species last week. Somebody should make a list of that...wink wink. Posted 4 years ago
    1. Ha ha, almost forgot to add it! Really incredible plant, found this in my old archives, don't know why I did not post it before! Posted 4 years ago
      1. What about this one? Looks like a contender for the list:

        Poster boy for Colgate..!!! :D  Gavialis gangeticus,Geotagged,Gharial,India
        Posted 4 years ago
        1. I actually thought I had added it...have now! Thanks! Posted 4 years ago
  2. Wow! That's an odd plant I had never heard of. Posted 4 years ago
    1. Now that is something!! Posted 4 years ago

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''Welwitschia'' is a monotypic gymnosperm genus, comprising solely the very distinct ''Welwitschia mirabilis''. The plant is commonly known simply as Welwitschia, and has various common names in local languages, for example ''kharos'' or ''khurub'' in Nama, ''tweeblaarkanniedood'' in Afrikaans, ''nyanka'' in Damara, and ''onyanga'' in Herero. It is the only genus of the family Welwitschiaceae and order Welwitschiales, in the division Gnetophyta. Informal sources commonly refer to the plant as a.. more

Similar species: Welwitschiales
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Uploaded Feb 8, 2014. Captured Feb 12, 2007 14:32 in Hardap, Namibia.
  • FinePix S602 ZOOM
  • f/8.0
  • 1/549s
  • ISO200
  • 9.7mm