Remarkable New Lepanthes Orchid Named after Sir David Attenborough

A newly discovered orchid has been named for Sir David Attenborough. Lepanthes attenboroughii from Peru joins the list of living things named in honor of the famed British biologist, author, broadcaster, and environmentalist. Lots of species already bear his name, including a butterfly, gecko, snail, pitcher plant, and even a dinosaur. I believe that this is the first orchid to have the honor. Lepanthes are small pleurothallids, often with colorful and charismatic flowers. This species had been mistaken for a similar Lepanthes, before scientists realized that it’s not the same. Photos of the orchid start on page 3 of this linked scientific article.

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