(Deutsche Beschreibung in Kürze verfügbar) One of the worlds strangest plants, this gymnosperm is related to Gnetum, Ephedra and less closely to conifers and cycads. It is native to one of the worlds driest deserts, the Namib, and is distributed from southwestern Angola along the Atlantic coast to central Namibia. It forms a large, thick trunk that produces only two very wide, strap-like leaves that grow from their base, twist and shred into narrower straps until slowly withering away at the tips. Welwitschia grows very slowly and some large plants in the wild may be as old as 2000 years. Rather than through rain, plants obtain most of their moisture requirements through morning fogs. In cultivation it needs full sun and high heat. Germination is relatively easy and requires heat, light and humidity. Seedlings should be preventatively treated with a fungicide.