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welwitschia Line breaks: wel|witschia
Pronunciation: /wɛlˈwɪtʃɪə/

Definition of welwitschia in English:


A gymnospermous plant of desert regions in SW Africa, which has a dwarf, massive trunk, two long strap-shaped leaves, and male and female flowers in the scales of scarlet cones.
  • Welwitschia mirabilis, family Welwitschiaceae
Example sentences
  • Here you find the most extreme desert adapted fauna and flora including Hartmann's Mountain zebra, chameleons, 1,000 year old welwitschia and quiver trees.
  • A single pair of leaves is the sum total of the foliage that welwitschias produce in their lifetime.
  • The Centre is also monitoring a population of welwitschias further upriver, at the site of the old Hope copper mine.


Mid 19th century: modern Latin, named after Friedrich Welwitsch (1806–72), Austrian botanist.

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