posted on May, 25 2011 @ 03:41 AM
The Welwitschia mirabilis isn't a new or particularly endangered plant, but it is strange so I thought I would post it.
Welwitschia is a monotypic genus of gymnosperm plant, composed solely of the very distinct Welwitschia mirabilis. The plant is considered a living
fossil. The geographic distribution of Welwitschia mirabilis is limited to the Namib desert within Namibia and Angola.
These plants have only 2 leaves that get abraded by the desert wind and sand, making it look like it has many leaves.
These plants are also very long-lived, living 1000 years or more. Some individuals may be more than 2000 years old.