(NEXSTAR) – Leonardo DiCaprio survived a shipwreck, fought a bear and gained attention for his environmental efforts. While his acting made him famous in the entertainment industry, DiCaprio’s name is now forever present in the world of science.
Scientists in the United Kingdom have named a new plant after the actor, whose most recent role was as an astronomer trying to save humanity in “Don’t Look Up”.
The tree, officially known as Uvariopsis dicaprio, found only in the Ebo Forest of Cameroon, according to a publication in the scientific journal, PeerJ. This is the first new plant species in science Official name by scientists from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, this year.
The tree ‘dicaprio’ is about 13 feet tall, Kew reports, and has large, glossy, bright yellow-green flowers on the stems. The Kew scientists decided to name the new discovery after DiCaprio in honor of his role in the lobbying effort to revoke logging rights for the Ebo Forest in 2020.
DiCaprio shared his posts Instagram asked his followers to sign a petition urging officials in Cameroon to withdraw plans to exploit part of the Ebo Forest. In August 2020, government officials protested its decision, overturning a decree allowing logging on nearly half of the forest, Reuters report.
Based on Kew, The Ebo Forest is one of the largest intact rainforests in Africa’s Cameroon and is home to the Banen people, as well as a multitude of unique plant species. Kew scientists, as well as scientists from the National Herbology Institute of Cameroon, have documented many plant species in the Ebo Forest, supporting the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance, which has spearheaded the effort. forest protection force for nearly two decades.
Scientists explained on January 6 publication.
In 2021, Kew scientists and their partners officially named more than 200 species of plants and fungi, BBC report.
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