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- n. The sole plant in the genus Welwitschia.
SOME OF THE PLANET'S LONGEST-LIVED ORGANISMSNAMIBIA: Welwitschia mirabilis The 2,000-year-old welwitschia plant found in the Namib-Naukluft desert is an unlikely-looking conifer that produces only two leaves in its lifetime? the longest in the plant kingdom.
On a road trip from Cape Town to Namibia, she tracked down a 2,000-year-old welwitschia plant, a variety of conifer that grows only two leaves, which get shredded into a mass of ribbons in sand storms.
To capture moisture from sea fog, the welwitschia, also known as tree tumbo, has evolved special leaves.
We noticed subtle shifts there, with more emphasis on ecoregions, a few alcoves for live reptiles and fish, and even models of plants like the bizarre welwitschia.