29 February 2012

This is a plant?

Posted by Callan Bentley

Weird plant from South Africa, in the north-central portion of Table Mountain National Park: it’s just two leaves!

How bizarre is that? Two enormous leaves emerging from the leaf litter, nothing more.

In Namibia, Welwitschia also have just two leaves, but they are much longer (and more prone to getting tattered). I’d love to learn what this thing is – botanical experts, please chime in if you know.