The Uvariopsis DiCaprio tree grows only in the Cameroonian forest and it’s known for its incredible biodiversity.
“We think he was crucial in helping to stop the logging of the Ebo Forest,” said Dr Martin Cheek of Kew.
The Ebo forest remains one of the largest relatively untouched rainforests in Central Africa.
Scientists and conservationists were enraged when plans to allow vast swathes of the Ebo Forest to be opened up for logging were announced.
Receiving global attention, international experts wrote to the Cameroonian government on the animal and plant species that may become extinct if logging was allowed in the rainforest.
Showing support, DiCaprio added momentum to the campaign through social media posts shared with millions of followers.
While the government revoked the logging plans, the rainforest is yet to be designated a national park.
Uvariopsis-Dicaprio the tree named after veteran Actor, Leonardo DiCaprioResearchers at the UK’s Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, the National Herbarium of Cameroon and the University of Yaoundé I, Cameroon, analysed the photos and specimens of the tree found in Cameroon’s tropical Ebo forest.
4 metres tall, Uvariopsis DiCaprio is recognisable through the distinctive and vibrant glossy yellow-green flowers that grow on its trunk.
It is also related to the ylang-ylang tree (Cananga odorata) native to India, South-East Asia, the Philippines, Indonesia and Australia.
Only 50 individual U.
DiCaprio trees have been spotted, confined to a single, unprotected area of Ebo forest, making it critically endangered.
Scientists Name Rare Tree After Actor, Leonardo DiCaprio