Plant Geneticist Ponders the Southern African Welwitschia

“Most plants develop a leaf, and that’s it. This plant can live thousands of years, and it never stops growing. When it does stop growing, it’s dead.”
– Queen Mary University of London plant geneticist Andrew Leitch, on his research into the improbable longevity of the Welwitschia, a plant native to the inhospitable Namib Desert in Southern Africa that lives upwards of 3,000 years

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