Welwitschia

noun Wel·witsch·ia \ welˈwichēə \

Definition of Welwitschia

: a monotypic genus of desert plants (family Gnetaceae) 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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Origin and Etymology of welwitschia

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


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