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Welwitschia mirabilis – Tweeblaarkanniedood – Duality and Transformation

Marijke Creveld
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Homeopath Marijke Creveld presents a primarily dream proving that she conducted of the tree Welwitschia Mirabilis – Tweeblaarkanniedood

Results of a proving supervised by Marijke Creveld

In the Namib desert a very special tree is found, viz., Welwitschia mirabilis.  Its South African name is 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 two, to duality and to the transformation of our age.


The tree, Welwitschia mirabilis, Tweeblaarkanniedood, grows in the Namib desert. It belongs to a unique plant group, that of the Gnetophyta. A group that has both gynmosperm and angiosperm characters. The homeopathy remedy is made using material from old female and male trees growing close to a site where uranium is found.

During the Welwitschia dream proving many participants had dreams featuring the number 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

Some examples of local names of Welwitschia are Tweeblaarkanniedood (South Africane), Onyanka (Herero), Tumboa (Angola); !Kharos (Nama), Khurub (Nama). Welwitschia is assigned to the Gnetophyta which includes one class, the Gnetopsida which in turn includes thee orders: Welwitschiales, Ephedrales and Gnetales. The three orders all have just one family, with just one genus. Here: Welwitschiaceae, with W. mirabilis the only species of the genus.

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 (lit. 10). The male flowers are similar to some Angiosperm flowers (lit.10).
Two subspecies occur, differing in the male cones. The Swakopmund tree belongs to the subspecies Namibiana

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 (dioecious 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 (lit. 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12).

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 trees, while some are thought to be 2000 years old. (lit. 5, 8, 9, 10, 11)

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. (lit. 4)


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.

(lit. 11)


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 have been shown to 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. Therefore, material from both 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 (lit. 7, 10)


The time I visited Welwitschia to collect material was astrologically significant. In mid heaven, Mercury, Venus and the Luck point were grouped in Virgo; nearby the Sun, Saturn and Mars were found. 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 proving using Welwitschia was held. Thirty participants have slept with the remedy (200K potency) during the same three consecutive nights. Some of them have smelled the tube during the last night. Two of them ingested the remedy during the proving. Two weeks after, one person slept with the remedy for three nights. There were twenty-one females and ten males, aged between thirty and seventy-one years. 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 – MIND, confusing of – 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 (lit. 1,2) and those with Pinus longaeva (lit 3). 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 – NUMBERS; of – number two

About the author

Marijke Creveld

Marijke Creveld

Marijke Creveld, PhD. was born in Utrecht, the Netherlands. She graduated the University Utrecht in 1973 as a researcher in plant ecology, and in 1981 she completed her Ph.D. in plant ecology. She has conducted fieldwork on lichen ecology in Norway and on old, indigenous trees and shrubs in the Netherlands and Belgium. She was a biology teacher from 1970-1996. Ms. Creveld trained at The Dutch School for Natural Medicine and later with George Vithoulkas, Rajan Sankaran and Jonathan Shore. She has been in private practice as a homeopath since 1989, occasionally integrating spiritual and shamanistic therapies into her practice. In 1999 she began making new homeopathic remedies using tree roots, which she connected to silicon (15 Radix remedies). She conducted dream provings of these remedies and has written and lectured about her research.These provings lead to the discovery and manufacture of the Diospyros kaki remedy in the 2000. Marijke lives and works in Zwolle (the Netherlands). She is a member of the Dutch Association of Classical Homeopaths. www.creveld.nl

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