Welwitschia Mirabilis is found across the harsh environment of the northern Namib desert, a truly unique plant which has been flourishing, almost unchanged, for thousands of years.
Some Welwitschia plants are thought to be over 2000 years old.
The Afrikaans name for Welwitschia, tweeblaarkanniedood, means ‘two leaves that cannot die’.
Welwitschia mirabilis can survive for hundreds of years in the arid desert by absorbing water from sea fog and deep groundwater.
Welwitschia plays a key role in the desert ecosystem, providing food to various animals, as well as the local peoples of the area.