Another amazing thing about welwitschias is that each plant only has two leaves, and it has these same two leaves for its entire life, even if it lives 1,000 years! Of course, after 1,000 years, those two leaves might look a little shredded and ragged, but they are still the original two leaves. Eventually, the leaves can grow as long as four meters. The tallest welwitschia known is 1.8 meters high, and the widest one is 8.7 meters.
|Female cones in flower|
|Male cones in flower|
A long time ago, people used to eat the core of the welwitschias, especially the female plants because they were yummier. They either ate them raw or they baked them in hot ashes. This is why the Herero people called the plant onyanga, which means "onion of the desert."