Welwitschia mirabilis

Duality and transformation
Results of a proving supervised by Marijke Creveld

In the Namib desert a very special tree is found, viz., Welwitschia mirabilis. Its South African name is Tweeblaarkanniedood (Two-leaved and impossible to kill). This living fossil is an ultimate survivor. It grows to a height of one metre only, although the root can go down as deep as thirty metres. It has two leaves only, but these are giant sized. The tree is dioecious and has both angiosperm and gymnosperm character states. It's linked to the number of Two, to duality and to the transformation of our age.

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