Welwitschia mirabilis = Tweeblaarkanniedood (2 leaves can’t die)


Vergleich: Siehe: Tracheobiontha;


A very strange plant - having characterisics of both the Gymnosperms and Angiosperms. It has only two giant leaves, and the proving seems to reflect many dualities and dichotomies (between male and female).

There were dreams about transformation - the most remarkable being the transformation of gender.


          DREAMS - SEXUAL IDENTITY; ambiguous about one's

          DREAMS - MAN changed into woman

          DREAMS - WOMAN changed into man 

[Marijke Creveld]

Namibian desert = Tweeblaarkanniedood (= Two-leaved and impossible to kill).

This living fossil is an ultimate survivor. It grows to a height of one metre only, although the root can go down as deep as thirty metres. It has two leaves only, but these are giant sized.

The tree is dioecious and has both angiosperm and gymnosperm character states. It’s linked to the number of Two, to duality and to the transformation of our age.


Grows in the Namib desert. It belongs to a unique plant group, that of the Gnetophyta. A group with gynmosperm and angiosperm characters.

The homeopathy remedy is made using material from old female and male trees growing close on a site where uranium is found.

During the Welwitschia dream proving many participants had dreams featuring the number of Two. The duality we humans have to deal with – a choice between good and

evil. We feel divided, in some cases even split up. We are looking for a partner in order to feel whole. This is reflected in the dream proving themes in the female-male duality (Yin-Yang), light and dark, above and below, old and young. Some of the provers experienced this by day as well and expressed their feelings using words like hate and love, Cain and Abel., Adam and Eve. Besides the themes of far-sightedness and clairvoyance occur, both in dreams and in daytime experience. Physical complaints experienced during the dream proving were varied for example, stomach problems and tension in the chest area.

Welwitschia can probably help in the transformation process in the duality field. The remedy will probably be most suitable for very sensitive (HSP), intuïtive, far-sighted and clairvoyant persons.

Botanical Classification

Gnetophyta have some Gymnosperm characters shared with conifers like Pinus and Thuja, but some Angiosperm characters – like wood vessels in the secondary xylem – as well. Welwitschia is not pollinated by wind only (like the gymnosperms) but also by insects. Both the female and male flowers produce nectar; the male flowers produce small quantities of pollen. Both characters are typical of insect pollinated angiosperms. The male flowers are similar to some Angiosperm flowers.

Botanical description

Welwitschia has a bole, two leaves and roots. The short woody bole is hard, hollow and obconical; it usually grows no higher than 50-80 centimetres. The two leaves are hard, leathery, ribbon-shaped, very long and make a tangle on the ground. With age they divide into strips which get frayed and die at the tips. They grow from the base and can be up to 2 – 4 metres long. By night, dew and fog condense on the leaves and drip down. Just below the sandy surface the many tiny roots take in this moisture, while the leaves take in water through their stomata. The taproot goes down up to 30 metres, is able to draw water from this depth and serves as an anchor, enabling the tree to survive in the fierce desert winds.

Male and female trees exist (diodecious species). The male cones are pinkish brown and smaller than the female cones which are pink with some dark purple. The seeds measure 36 x 25 mm large and show white, papery wings. They are dispersed by wind in spring when the female cones disintegrate.

Distribution and ecology

Welwitschia occurs only in the Namib Desert, a narrow arid strip some 1,500 kilometres along the northern Namibian coast and of south western Angola

The region is euarid, the average annual precipitation is less than 100 mm and some years don’t see any precipitation at all. Most trees are found in the fog zone which reaches up to 80 kilometres inland. This fog is an important source of moisture. Temperatures differ greatly between up to 45 centigrade by day while in winter night frosts occur.

Carbon dating indicates ages between 400 and 1500 years for these plants, while some are thought to be 2000 years old.

The homeopathy remedy

The homoeopathy remedy Welwitschia mirabilis is produced from parts of female and male trees aged some 600 to 1000 years growing near Swakopmund, next to the Namib uranium mine.

Moreover, the remedy Radix Welwitschia mirabilis has been produced.


No medical use of this tree is known. Cones of female trees used to be eaten by man. They were baked in hot ashes. The Herero name Onyanga, meaning desert onion, originates from this use.

Larger animals like antelope and rhinoceros eat the leaves.


The ecology of the tree and the Afrikaans name Tweeblaarkanniedood suggest that Welwitschia is an able survivor. In literature it has been described as a living fossil dating back to the Jurassic age when gymnosperms and dinosaurs were prevalent.

Welwitschia grows in the region where the San (Bushmen) live. They possess the most ancient DNA of all humans, they are an old people that survived all.

During my trek through Namibia I often had a sense of travelling through the land of creation, of being close to man’s origins. This was a backdrop for thoughts of Adam and Eve expelled from paradise on account of their lapse into sin. The dualism of the choice between good and evil that followed, the ambiguous world. The number Two and transformation are clearly present in the tree:

it shows two leaves, is dioecious and is halfway between gymnosperm and angiosperm. Material from female and male trees was used.

Welwitschia was named after its discoverer, Welwitsch, creating a possibility for wordplay with well and witch, mirabilis meaning wonderful which is nicely in tune.

Tweeblaarkanniedood is Namibia’s national tree; Namibian coins show a coat of arms featuring this tree and an eagle.


The time I visited Welwitschia to collect material was astrologically significant. In mid heaven, Mercury, Venus and the Luck point were grouped in Virgo; Saturn and Mars were found near the Sun.

Pluto was in the ascendant. In these times Pluto plays a major role, being the transformer of the dark to light and love. Pluto also largely features in the Diospyros kaki Creveld remedy (the plutonium bomb; at the time of the bomb event Pluto and the Sun were together in Leo. In the Welwitschia horoscope, Uranus is at the IC in Pisces (uranium nearby).

Neptune, along   with the northern lunar node (indicates the goal, the karmic) in Aquarius (the age of Aquarius) on the cusp of the third house.

The horoscope confirms what I intuited: this tree can help us to survive in this plutonic age of transformation. The tree offers a transforming power for the new Aquarius age in which we can live more from light and love, using major intuitive powers.


At the beginning of November, 2008, a blind Dream proving using Welwitschia was held.

Dreams were clear and profound. Some dreamers felt slightly alienated and had doubts whether these were dreams or thoughts. Some participants had thoughts fitting in this theme during the day as well.

            Dreams: clear/profound/disconnected

Confuses on waking of a dream

Theme proving

In dream analysis I found several themes, partly general themes I found in provings with other trees, such as above and below; clean-up and repair. Some themes of the dreams

with Welwitschia were also found during the Diospyros kaki Creveld provings and those with Pinus longaeva. Examples are light and dark; survival, security, struggle, danger and death.

I only enumerate the themes which occurred in the dreams of several participants. I list

some rubrics of the repertory and some parts from the dreams in italics.

Two, the number

Many dreams featured the number Two, the number of duality, the number that figures in the tree’s anatomy and its Afrikaans name.

- With two other women.

- About two high.

- These windows consisted of two parts.

- We share everything fairly. My half bulb.

- Every time there was a contrast of situations, like poverty alongside wealth.

Dreams: number two/divided in two parts/sense of duality



Some dreams deal with the female and male duality, or the union or transformation of male and female.

- The woman undressed, and then it proved to be a man. It had a penis! A beautiful man, but he should not be in our room since that was reserved for women only.

- He suddenly becomes a she, and she is laughing.

- S. is there as well, she looks beautiful. She is wearing black clothes and ivory earrings in the shape of tortoises. I. wanted to come too. (comment by dreamer: I feel that both colleagues are

   rather male-looking, not graceful like these tortoise earrings. The sturdy male parts could be more integrated with the female parts. At work I want to be more female, soft and pure).

- The women and men are sitting apart from one another. There are many women and five men. We are really separate. I am impressed by that.

- She took care of me, despite my being dirty (male).

Dreams: Man changed into woman/ambiguous about one's sexual identitty

            Woman - changed into man/separated from man/merge with man/embraces man



There are dreams which clearly have to do with transformation in various fields, like

            women – men,

light – dark,

old – young,

above – below;

cleaning up.

There are dreams featuring the word transformation, or which are perceived as transformation dreamed by the prover. A clairvoyant proving the remedy saw the Tarot card of Art which stands for transformation, union of contrasting parts, creative power.

- First I hid myself on the roof. Later on I was lying on a lawn in a very prim neighbourhood. I was soiled by earth or mud (the dreamer experiences this as a transformation).

- Renovation of a building.

- I absolutely forgot what I dreamt; however, I know that it had to do with transformation.

- A cathedral that Hitler had lined with a layer of bricks on the inside; now there were three such layers and I decided that all of it had to be removed again.

Dreams: Transformation



There were conspicuous dreams about far-sightedness, clairvoyance and a clear understanding.

- He can see what everyone is in the house is doing.

- I was at a ‘Non Violent Communication’ meeting. I suddenly get the structure. Suddenly I understood (which I missed at the meetings in reality).

- D. has been a soothsayer.

- The mycelium in the ground under the leaves was visible.

- There was no goal for him to point at. Curiously, everyone knew whether it as a hit or a miss.

Dreams: Clairsentiant/- voyant/clearness of mind


Old and Young, past and present

Dreams occurred in which old/ the past and young/ the present were contrasted.

Interpretation: this stands for the duality of the 4th dimension.

- The child is changing into my aunt, my mother’s sister. She is old.

- Her father was a young man again.

- Two ages, past and present, were concurrent.

- How it used to be, and how it is now.

Dreams: Child changed into old woman/confused as to time/old man changed into young man/two times past and present


Embracing, solace

Dreams of embracing, caring, being noticed and solaced occurred.

- I embrace him to show him that a deeper connexion is not lost, after all

- She was very sad, she deeply missed her husband and she was crying. I embraced and comforted her.

Dreams: Caring/consoling/hugging/not being neglected/sadness – consolation


Light/ white and dark/ black

In many dreams, white and light featured, alongside dark and black.

Interpretation: this refers to the duality of good and evil.

- The cover was gently yellow and showed big black letters Ilulia. (comment by dreamer: Ilulia made me think of Lucia which means light).

- The house was very bright and spacious.

- The stone is very large and lit from the inside.

- She is wearing black clothes and ivory earrings in the shape of tortoises.

Dreams: Color – white/of light/black and white; of light


Survival, security, struggle, danger, death

Many dreams dealt with danger, (in)security and survival.

Interpretation: Welwitschia is a tree that can help us deal with such anxiety and trauma.

- The atmosphere was tense, there was much tension.

- I did not feel free with that one. I felt imprisoned in the house.

- A man is using me as a hostage. We are going underground because he has just blown up something. In order to survive I’m acting as his girlfriend. He’s very

dangerous. He blows things up and gets a kick out of it. He always carries explosives…otherwise he’ll be killed by this madman.

Dreams: Coffins/danger/of the dead/explosion/threat being murdered/safe/survival/unsafe


Being naked, sexuality

Dreams featuring (partially) naked people. Sexually oriented dreams which are not always a pleasant experience for the dreamer. These dreams often deal with sex by

two differently aged people, the female being the older one.

Interpretation: in Welwitschia this is probably linked with the female and male duality.

Female wisdom becomes important. Maybe this also refers to duality in time.

- The mother is intensely kissing her son who sits next to her with his upper body naked. The son clearly does not like it. It does not appear as a loving action, it rather

looks grim. The son is a silent subject. Another person says: ‘Things aren’t always what they seem to be.’

- My coat is blown aside, showing my bottom, over which they make a comment, even if it’s said quietly.

Dreams: being sexually abused/incest/naked people (woman)/oralsex/masturbation/sexual activity (between different ages)


Above and below

The large number of dreams featuring this distinction is conspicuous. In dreams with Welwitschia, an intermingling of the notions above and below occurs.

Interpretation: this reflects the connexion that trees have with the earth and the cosmos/spirituality. Welwitschia brings the cosmos and the earth closer together.

- I felt that I should not want to go up but down; however, the escalator that could go down was rolling upwards.

- I wanted to look down.

- I use the elevator to go down.

- I have to climb up to get in.

Dreams: going down/lift descending/looking down/going up (and down/or down – confusion about)


Clean-up, repair

Many dreams featured themes like cleaning, dirt and repairs.

Interpretation: this refers to the possibility of the remedy being of good use in case of letting go old and dark matters; a transformation.

- Another woman I knew started cleaning the window panes. They had not been cleaned for ages. I was under the impression that this was because she wanted to

finish the alterations before she started cleaning.

- There’s a lot of rubbish in the garden: leaves and paper. I’m going to clean it up.

- An old hotel, but it had been restored.

Dreams: Cleaning/dirty windows/hotels old and restored



Several provers experienced spiritual dreams.

- See complete dreams 1 and 2.

- We’re sitting at the bottom of a very high tower. It really reaches up into the sky.

- I saw an army with very many golden shield. The sun was reflected in them, giving the whole thing a very special lustre. Then, I saw some golden boughs which were

plaited. The same colour, again with the sun shining on them.

- I found a devil’s egg, an earthstar and a kind of death’s head mushroom. A little wooden cross was found near these mushrooms.

- We arrive at Glastonbury in England and I have put the largest crystral I have at home on a kind of wall.



Several provers dreamt that they could fly or soar.

Interpretation: this is linked to venturing outside the body; the spiritual world.

Dreams: Flying


Large size

This mainly deals with large buildings.

- I’m in a large house.

- Several large tents.

- A large shed where we (myself and two others?) went to sleep.

- We’re at the bottom of a very large tower.

Dreams: big building/big rooms/big car


Physical complaints in the dreams

In the dreams relatively few physical complaints occurred. The word ‘disabled’ occurs with three dreamers. Some dreamers felt very cold by day, another few felt very hot.

This appears in the dreams, just more than once.

- We’re looking at someone, a disabled person?

- A disabled woman lying in bed.

- I was covered by something against the cold.

- The sun is so hot.

Dreams: Disabled people/havind a cold/sun is hot


Physical symptoms during the proving

Some physical, psychological and mental symptoms were experienced by some of the participants. There were some stomach problems; a different sleeping pattern; some

chest problems, often coupled to stress, and some temperature problems. Some provers felt they could think clearly, and even far-sighted.

Several participants had thoughts of duality and the number of Two. Some felt they were exploring a deeper layer, more unity within themselves. A feeling of freedom and

compassion occurred. Two participants thought of Cain and Abel:

- Adam and Eve were a team too; did they not have two sons, Abel and Cain? (thoughts, not dreams)

- I get up that day with part two (of the dreams) that I’m reconsidering. For one moment I felt my own angry self and during these last days I’ve been working on not

judging. I make an effort towards my brother who in daily life sometimes is like Cain and Abel. Hate and love. I seek forgiveness and connexion (thoughts)


Mind: Mental - agile/clear/confused about identity with sense of duality



Delusions – divided/is not safe/has to survive

Hurried, being



Desires to being nursed



Senses acute

Thoughts of number two

Feels unsafe

Head: Pain morning on waking

Face: Excoriated lower lip

Throat: Dry (on waking)

Stomach: Sour eructation



Vomiting – sour/burning

Abdomen: Pain (cramping)

Bladder: Urination – dysuria

Urine retention

Chest: pressing pain

Palpitation of heart

Pressure on heart

Perspiration on waking

Sleep: Deep


Waking – after midnight - 4 h/frequent (as from fright)

Generals: lack of vital heat/heat morning on waking



Two complete dreams

1.      The front of the monastery was open and when I stepped inside I seemed to go back in time. Two ages were concurrent. Inside there was a modern desk with two women

standing behind it. In a bottle there was a piece of soft cheese surrounded by a lot of fungal growth. A dead white mouse with a black eye cover was lying there. It had a black

triangular hat and a little red shawl around its neck, it was barely alive. It was on its back with its snout pointing upward. Alongside it was a mole, a black one with its snout

pointing toward the earth. It had a white speck of fungal cheese on its face (yin and yang)

Interpretation – in this dream the themes of the number Two, old versus new duality, white and black, above and below, yin and yang (male and female) occur.

                                         2.   We went down to a village we could see far away: Sandrana. We descended some way by walking and some way by a chair lift. The paths are narrow and the ravines are deep,

but not wide. You might be able to jump across them. I told a boy he had to be careful not to fall into the ravine. Because – so I thought – you would get to the bottom of the

earth. Once descended we had to go up again.

Interpretation – The woman who dreamed this said Sandrana made her think of Shangrila, paradise on earth. The time before the Fall, predating the duality between good and

evil, between man and woman; when there was unity. Moreover the above and below theme features in the dream.



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