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Welwitschia mirabilis (Welwitschia)

Wikipedia Abstract

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 "living fossil".
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Structure [1]  Tree


Emblem of



Paracoccus mutabilis (mealybug)[2]
Pseudococcus calceolariae (citrophilus mealybug)[2]
Vryburgia rimariae[2]


SW. Angola to WC. Namibia;



Attributes / relations provided by
1Kattge, J. et al. (2011b) TRY - a global database of plant traits Global Change Biology 17:2905-2935
2Ben-Dov, Y., Miller, D.R. & Gibson, G.A.P. ScaleNet 4 November 2009
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