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Meeting remarkable plants – Welwitschia

Leon Kluge

Leon Kluge

February 23, 2016

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

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Saartjie Kidson
Saartjie Kidson
8 years ago

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
Leon
8 years ago

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

Chantelle Leenstra
Chantelle Leenstra
8 years ago

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
Leon
8 years ago

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

Janet Spruce
Janet Spruce
8 years ago

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
Leon
8 years ago
Reply to  Janet Spruce

Thank you Janet