Leonardo DiCaprio gets a new species of tree named after him

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Many famous names have been immortalized in the world of science as well by having an animal species or a rare find named after them. Now the turn has come for Oscar-winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio.

However, the 47-year-old American is not going to share a name with an animal.

Instead, a group of international scientists from London’s Royal Botanic Kew Gardens and The National Herbarium in Cameroon have given him another honor.

The Hollywood star has according to CNN instead got a new tropical tree species named after him.

It is a critically endangered species, now bearing the name Uvariopsis Dicaprio.

And the species even has its own Wikipedia page.

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The trees grow in the Ebos forest in Cameroon, where gorillas, elephants and chimpanzees also live. However, it is not entirely coincidental that DiCaprio has been given this honor.

The forest area and its plant and animal life were threatened by deforestation last year, prompting the Hollywood star, known for his climate activism, to shout.

He did this, among other things, with a post on Twitter.

A month later, the government of Cameroon also stopped plans for tree felling in the exposed forest area.

“We are very grateful for the support that Leo (Leonardo DiCaprio, ed.) Gave us in the campaign to protect the Ebosko Forest last year. It therefore seemed right that we honored him in this way by naming a unique species for this forest after him, “says Martin Cheek, who is one of the experts behind the find.

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