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  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
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Word Origin for welwitschia

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

  • I am plodding away at Welwitschia by night and Genera Plantarum by day.

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  • In Welwitschia also the megaspore is filled with prothallus-tissue, but single egg-cells take the place of archegonia.