Leon KlugeMeeting remarkable plants – Welwitschia

In the desert landscape of Namibia’s Dorob National Park, I meet a remarkable plant adapted to these very hot and dry conditions – Welwitschia mirabilis.

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Leon Kluge

About Leon Kluge

Leon Kluge is an award-winning landscape designer who was part of the successful South African team at Chelsea in both 2010 and 2012, and the Gardening World Cup in Japan in 2011, and then won a Gold medal at the 2013 Cup. Leon is known for his modern, contemporary landscapes, sustainable community projects and his specialisation in vertical gardens. His company Leon Kluge Landscape Design is based in north-eastern South Africa.

6 thoughts on “Meeting remarkable plants – Welwitschia

  1. Saartjie Kidson on said:

    Aai Leon, Dit is so lekker om sulke wonderlike werk van jou te sien. Ek het jou ouers goed geken en kan die sterk gene van albei in jou sien. Voorspoed in jou arbeid en vir jou toekoms. – Saartjie Kidson

    • Leon on said:

      Hi Saartjie
      Ai, dis n klein wereld!
      Dankie baie vir jou kompliment en belangstelling in my werk.
      Groete
      Leon

  2. How exciting to see Welwitschia mirabilis in its native habitat Leon! I have been looking forward to seeing this one day too and am quite jealous. Interesting about its need for such perfect conditions for seed germination, its dioeciousness and the grooves in its leaves assisting in rainwater collection. Do you know roughly how old the specimen you were looking at might be?

    • Leon on said:

      Hi Chantelle
      According to the national park, the specimen I filmed at is estimated between 4 and 5 hundred years old.

  3. Janet Spruce on said:

    Wow Leon, thank you for sharing this rare phenomenon. I can just imagine your excitement when you found this plant. Fabulous video for us all to share, thank you.

    • Leon on said:

      Thank you Janet

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