42 - Gentophyta

The Welwitschia card represents strangeness. That strangeness may be something that overtly differentiates from the norm, something that defies explanation, or something that is simply just plain weird. That which is alien should be accepted as peculiar. It does not hurt to embrace strangeness, it can sometimes mean survival. While this phylum contains a variety of diverse plants with familiar adaptations, it also contains welwitschia, a very peculiar plant with a very distinct appearance. It grows low to the ground but can live upwards of 1,500 years, despite being composed entirely of only two large flat leaves.



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