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Welwitschia mirabilis
Welwitschia mirabilis
Welwitschia mirabilis

Wikipedia description

Welwitschia is a monotypic gymnosperm genus, comprising solely the distinctive Welwitschia mirabilis. The plant is commonly known simply as welwitschia in English, but the name tree tumbo is also used. It is called kharos or khurub in Nama, tweeblaarkanniedood in Afrikaans, nyanka in Damara, and onyanga in Herero. Welwitschia is the only living genus of the family Welwitschiaceae and order Welwitschiales, in the division Gnetophyta. Informal sources commonly refer to the plant as a "living fossil". Welwitschia mirabilis is endemic to the Namib desert within Namibia and Angola.

Scientific classification

Clade: Gnetales
Order: Gnetales
Family: Welwitschiaceae
Species: Welwitschia mirabilis


Sample nameSample codeTissueRNA extractorSample providerBLASTSRA dataAssembly data
TOXE-Welwitschia_mirabilisTOXE--J. Leebens-MackJ. Leebens-Mack