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Welwitschia mirabilis

   (Family: Welwitschiaceae)
   
Afrikaans: tweeblaarkanniedood English: welwitschia  EDIT
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Plant Type: EDIT  Shrub
Height: 500 - 1.8m
Spread: 8.7m
Special properties:
  Drought Resistant (heavy)
  Frost Tolerant (heavy)
Rarity Status:
Rare
   
Preferred position:
Full Sun
Tolerated soil:  
 
pH:
Biome: Succulent Karoo
 
Flowering time EDIT
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Flower colours
 
Red
 
  Polinator
  Wasp
 
 
 
  Leaf info EDIT
  Evergreen
 
 
 
 
  Seed info EDIT
 
 
 
Description EDIT
An adult welwitschia consists of two leaves, a stem base and roots. That is all! Its two permanent leaves are unique in the plant kingdom. They are the original leaves from when the plant was a seedling, and they just continue to grow and are never shed. They are leathery, broad, strap-shaped and they lie on the ground becoming torn to ribbons and tattered with age. The stem is low, woody, hollowed-out, obconical in shape and sturdy.
Growing EDIT
Growth occurs annually during the summer months.
Distribution EDIT

History EDIT
Carbon dating tells us that on average, welwitschias are 500-600 years old, although some of the larger specimens are thought to be 2000 years old. Their estimated lifespan is 400 to 1500 years.
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Ecology EDIT
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