Saturday, December 4, 2010

Welwitschia Mirabillis

This plant is said to be able to live for up to 1000 years. An Austrian botanist Friedrich Welwitsch discovered it in 1859, after whom the plant got the name. It can be found in Namib Desert within Namibia and Angola. It grows from a short, thick, woody trunk; it has only two leaves and a long, thick taproot. It can eventually grow up to 2–4 m.

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