Wel·​witsch·​ia | \ welˈwichēə \

Definition of Welwitschia

: a monotypic genus of desert plants (family Welwitschiaceae) of southwestern Africa characterized by a trunk less than a foot high but often six feet in circumference, two persistent leaves that grow at the base and die at the apex, and cone-shaped inflorescences

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History and Etymology for Welwitschia

New Latin, from Friedrich Welwitsch †1872 Austrian botanist + New Latin -ia

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“Welwitschia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Welwitschia. Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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