welwitschia

noun
  1. 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

Word Origin for welwitschia

C19: named after F. M. J. Welwitsch (1807–72), Portuguese botanist, born in Austria
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