Welwitschia Plant and Nara Bush

Discussion in 'Macro, Flowers, Insects, and Greenery' started by bobhoge, Oct 2, 2005.

  1. While in the Namib Desert in Namibia, we were able to see the Welwitchia Plant which is 500 to 2000 years old. It is fairly large, maybe 10 to 15 feet across and the roots spread over a wide area. It gets much of its moisture from the morning dew.

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    Here is a closer look at the center of the plant:
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    This is the "bloom" on another Welwitschia plant nearby:
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    The Nara Bush is another desert adapted plant. It has eliminated leaves to retain moisture. They have been modified into thorn-like spikes. You can also see the fruit in this photo:
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    Here is a close up of the bloom. You can see the grooves in the stem where it traps the morning dew:
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    Bob & Nan