A newly found and very uncommon tropical tree has been named after Oscar-winning actor and one among most passionate eco-activists in Hollywood, Leonardo DiCaprio.
The plant, formally referred to as Uvariopsis dicaprio to any extent further, is a small evergreen tree within the ylang-ylang household with yellow flowers rising from its trunk.
DiCaprio’s title was awarded to it by UK scientists on the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew via a publication within the PeerJ journal on Thursday.
The extraordinarily threatened plant solely grows within the Ebo Forest of Cameroon, which stays one the biggest comparatively untouched rainforests in Central Africa, internet hosting a variety of completely distinctive natural world.
This tropical tree from the Ebo Forest in Cameroon belongs to the ylang-ylang household. Scientists selected to call the tree ‘Uvariopsis dicaprio’ in honour of @LeoDiCaprio after he performed an necessary half defending the Ebo Forest (1/2) pic.twitter.com/w2zpxLiKSq
— Kew Gardens (@kewgardens) January 7, 2022
The scientists and conservationists panicked when the Cameroonian authorities allowed industrial logging in Ebo Forest in 2020.
They’ve written an open letter to the federal government in Yaounde, warning that tree-cutting within the forest would put its distinctive biodiversity, together with endangered gorillas, chimpanzees and forest elephants, beneath menace.
And the problem was picked up by DiCaprio, who promoted the letter to thousands and thousands of his followers on social media and joined calls to revoke logging plans within the Ebo Forest.
The marketing campaign was in a position to obtain its aim, with Cameroonian President Paul Biya ultimately backtracking on his determination.
DiCaprio “was essential in serving to to cease the logging of the Ebo Forest,” Dr. Martin Cheek of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew informed the BBC.
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