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New Plant GENUS Named For Naturalist Sir David Attenborough



Sir David Attenborough’s newest honor: Sirvidius solannona. (Image Credit: Dr. Thomas Couvreur)

By Kristen E. Strubberg Editor-in-Chief

Discovered in Gabon, Africa, the new genus, Sirdavidia, was created to encompass and new species of flowering plant, Sirdavidius solannona, belonging to the custard apple family.  The international team found the specimen which bears fuchsia flowers, in Monts de Cristal National Park.  They chose to honor Sir David Attenborough for his considerable contribution to science and his personal influence on the many researcher involved in its identification, especially lead researcher Dr. Thomas Couvreur.

Wildscreen’s photograph of David Attenborough at ARKive’s launch in Bristol, England © May 2003 (Image Credit: Wikipedia)

According to Sci-News, Sir Attenborough was “thrilled” and responded:

“I know very well that such a decision is the greatest compliment that a biologist can pay to another and I am truly grateful.” (Sci-News)

Sir David Attenborough may be most recognized from his BBC nature features including Planet Earth, The Life of Mammals, and Blue Planet – all of which he wrote and narrated/hosted.

UPDATE: Sir David also has a species of hawkweed(a cousin of the dandelion) named after him, Hieracium attenboroughianum, which is found in the Brecon Beacons mountain range of Wales.  Named by taxonomist Tim Rich (likewise inspired by Sir Attenborough’s work), it is the only endemic plant to Sir Attenborough’s home of the United Kingdom to bear his name.

Attenborough's Hawkweed

“Attenborough’s Hawkweed” located in Wales. (Image Credit: Tim Rich/BBC)

Read more about the Sirdavidius Solannona at Sci-News and read more about “Attenborough’s Hawkweed” at the BBC and The Guardian which also catalogue numerous other flora and fauna bearing Sir David Attenborough’s name.

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Kristen E. Strubberg is the Editor-in-Chief for TGNR. Kristen founded TGNR in 2013 - seeking to create a high quality platform for original, eclectic and substantive positive news journalism by attracting expert contributors in many varying subjects. Kristen also works as a clinical medical researcher in Cardiology, with an original background in Neuroscience. Her passion for science has translated to her science-fiction specialization, with her highly adept published insights into the best of sci-fi’s popular culture. Kristen has served as TGNR’s Editor-in-Chief since 2013.