Leonardo ‘TreeCaprio’: New Species of Plant Named After the Actor & Climate Activist

Leonardo ‘TreeCaprio’: New Species of Plant Named After the Actor & Climate Activist

  • A new plant species newly discovered by Western science has been named after the actor, Leonardo DiCaprio
  • The Uvariopsis dicaprio is only found in the Ebo forest of Cameroon, a region DiCaprio helped save from loggers with a viral social media post
  • Fans and critics took to the comments section, sharing their thoughts on the new plant

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Leonardo DiCaprio is getting his name plastered all over the science books- a new species of tree was just named after the actor!

Leonardo ‘TreeCaprio’: New Species of Plant Named After the Actor & Climate Activist
Leonardo DiCaprio has a new species of tree named after him. Image: Getty
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Explaining the decision, scientists from the Royal Botanic Gardens in London say they wanted to pay tribute to the star for adding his influential voice to an anti-logging campaign, ultimately saving the Ebo forest in Cameroon from destruction, NBC News reports.

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Known as Uvariopsis dicaprio- the new plant species only grows in the Cameroonian forest which is widely celebrated for its biodiversity.

A campaign to stop loggers from tearing through the area was picked up by DiCaprio who took to his social media accounts and shared the story with his millions of followers, BBC News reports.

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Check out some of the social media reactions to the news:

fe_usa78 said:

"Leo is the man!"

csirotinski said:

"Was it called Leonardo TreeCaprio?"

elle_fab said:

"Excuse me.... Why is London naming a tree that belongs to the Sovereign nation of Cameroon?"

bonzo44 said:

"He’s done so much for this planet, thanks to him!"

US child dresses up like Queen Elizabeth II and ends up getting royal mail

In more World news, Briefly News previously reported that a US baby, Jalayne Sutherland, caught the attention of Queen Elizabeth II after dressing up as her for Halloween.

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As reported by Daily Mail, the toddler added a white wig and string pearls and posed with her family's dog for an extra royal touch.

Her mum, Katelyn, shared the snaps with Buckingham Palace without anticipating a reaction.

Katelyn was shocked when she got a letter back from the Queen's lady.

"We wanted to do something where they could all be included together. We are most definitely fans of the Royal family and truly admire how the Queen walks by faith," Katelyn told the Mirror.

The letter from the palace read:

'The Queen wishes me to write and thank you for your letter, and for the photograph you thoughtfully enclosed. Her Majesty thought it kind of you to write to her, and The Queen was pleased to see the photograph of your daughter, Jalayne, in her splendid outfit.
"Her Majesty hopes you all have a very Merry Christmas, and I am enclosing a little information about the Royal Pets, which Jalayne might like to have."

Source: Briefly News

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