Caption: Samuel Neshuku, Director at Nam Career Service and a member of Welwitschia
They include the oryx, springbok and the Welwitschia
mirabilis, a desert shrub, the oldest of which is estimated to be 1,500 years old.
At its 18th independence anniversary on 21 March, Namibia conferred its highest national honour, "The Most Ancient Order of the Welwitschia
Mirabilis", on Castro and Cuba for the help they gave them during the independence struggle.
mirabilis) found in the Namib Desert receives virtually no rain at all but survives on moisture provided by the mist of fog that moves through the area regularly.
An example that illustrates this contradiction of interests is the discovery of the Welwitschia
I found the article on Welwitschia
("Torn to ribbons in the desert," SN: 10/27/01, p.
Las hojas de Welwitschia
mirabilis crecen durante toda la vida de la planta.
mirabilis, la planta mas antigua de la Tierra, sobrevive en el desierto de Namibia despues de mas de 2.
1996) indicate that within Gnetales, Ephedra is basal, whereas Gnetum and Welwitschia
are derived sister taxa (for review of hypotheses of phylogenetic position of Gnetales see Doyle 1998).
However, acid phosphatase may not be restricted to the nucellus as it was found by immunohistochemistry in the pollination drop of the related gnetophyte, Welwitschia
mirabilis (Carafa et al.
What's more, some eyecatching European broodmares have been picked up by Slack's bloodstock advisor Jehan Malherbe in recent years, among them Berry Blaze, a daughter of Danehill Dancer and Strawberry Roan, a Group 1-placed half-sister to Generous and sister to Imagine; Princess Patches, a daughter of Galileo out of a half-sister to Grandera and George Washington; and Welwitschia
, a Group 3 winner in South Africa by Oasis Dream out of a half-sister to Sun Chariot winner Lady In Waiting.
What we do see in abundance is desert flora, including the endemic Welwitschia
mirabilis, sandpaper aloe and carpets of devil's thorn.
Drive is also a great way to explore the Namibian landscape.
Now a plant morphologist at the University of California, Davis, Jernstedt first heard about Welwitschia
during her student days.
Among these odd species are the welwitschia
mirabilis, see box), a strange gymnosperm with indefinitely growing leaves that is a genuine living fossil, and the shrub Myrothamnus flabellifolius, the only mainland African species of its genus and of he family Myrothamnaceae--it contains only one other species, from the arid regions of Madagascar--which estivates (becomes dormant in the summer) by drying its leaves out, folding them like a fan, and turning black and brittle.