welwitschia

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welwitschia

(wɛlˈwɪtʃɪə)
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(Plants) a gymnosperm plant, Welwitschia mirabilis, of the Namib Desert in SW Africa, consisting of two large woody leaves lying on the ground with a conelike structure arising between them: phylum Gnetophyta
[C19: named after F. M. J. Welwitsch (1807–72), Portuguese botanist, born in Austria]
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Noun1.welwitschia - curious plant of arid regions of southwestern Africa having a yard-high and yard-wide trunk like a turnip with a deep taproot and two large persistent woody straplike leaves growing from the base; living relic of a flora long disappeared; some may be 700-5000 years old
gymnosperm - plants of the class Gymnospermae having seeds not enclosed in an ovary
genus Welwitchia, genus Welwitschia - type and sole genus of Welwitschiaceae
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Welwitschie
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Welwitsch initially gave the strange plant the Latin name Tumboa (n'tumbo means a stump in the local language), but it is now known as Welwitschia mirabilis in honor of its discoverer.