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Climate change could put the weird Welwitschia plant in danger

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The Welwitschia plant is one of the world’s strangest and most resilient plants, living in Africa’s exceptionally dry Namib Desert. But climate change may push these hardy plants past their limits, suggesting they should be placed on the IUCN Red List of endangered species.

Vaguely reminiscent of a pile of kelp nowhere near the ocean, the Welwitschia (Welwitschia mirabilis) is unlike anything else on Earth. The plant consists of just two ever-growing leaves which can grow to more than 4 metres long erupting out …



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