New Orchid Named for Jane Goodall

A newly discovered Dendrobium species has been named to honor Jane Goodall. In recognition of her extraordinary contributions to nature conservation and animal welfare, Dutch scientists dubbed the new orchid Dendrobium goodallianum. The new species is native to New Guinea. Its flowers last only one day, and they smell like coconut.

New orchid species are discovered often, and the discoverer gets naming rights. This isn’t the first time Dame Goodall has been honored with an orchid. In 2004, a Spathoglottis hybrid was named in her honor as Spathoglottis Jane Goodall. She is a leading naturalist, author, and the world’s top expert on chimpanzees. In her new book, Seeds of Hope: Wisdom and Wonder from the World of Plants, Goodall explores the glories of plants, and explains why healthy trees and plants are essential for the planet’s health.

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