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Gnetophyta
Welwitschia at Ugab River basin.jpg
Welwitschia mirabilis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Gnetophyta
Class: Gnetopsida
Families & genera

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The Gnetophytes are a group of seed plants with three genera. Their evolutionary relationships are unclear, but it is now clear that they are related to each other.

The three genera are:

By looking at the structure of these organisms (morphology) and the DNA (molecular taxonomy), scientists have found that Gnetum and Welwitschia are more closely related to each other than to Ephedra.

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