Naturalists name tree discovered in Cameroon after Leonardo DiCaprio – Earth – Science and technology


A new species of tropical tree discovered in the Ebo rainforest in Cameroon will bear a name paying homage to American actor Leonard DiCaprio for his support in the fight against logging in the rainforest.

Scientists from the British Royal Botanic Gardens Kew named a four-meter tree with bunches of large, shiny, bright yellow-green flowers on the trunk of Uvariopsis dicaprio. The garden informed about it in a press release, details about the plant were published in a professional magazine PeerJ.

The researchers decided to name the new tree in honor of DiCapria after, in February 2020, together with the organization Re: wild, he pushed for the cancellation of the concession for logging in the Ebo rainforest. In August 2020, the President of Cameroon decided to cancel mining. The Ebo Forest is home to several indigenous communities, the only known chimpanzees in the world, peeling nuts and hunting termites, wildlife and many endangered plant species.

“We really appreciate the help Leo gave us in last year’s campaign to protect Ebo, so we found it appropriate to honor him in this way and name a species that is unique to this forest,” said Martin Cheek, head of research at Kew. “If logging started in the forest, we would probably lose this species due to logging or later when burning the stands due to the agriculture that usually follows logging.”

Last year, Kew Garden named a total of 205 new plants, Uvariopsis dicaprio was the first this year. According to scientists, naming is important for better plant protection, many of which are already critically endangered or extinct. Uvariopsis dicaprio, discovered by scientist Lorna MacKinnon, is also among the critically endangered.


Source: Pravda – Veda a technika by vat.pravda.sk.

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