The concession was cancelled months later by Cameroon’s President Paul Biya, “absolutely partly as a consequence of his assist”, the scientists wrote in PeerJ on-line journal, referring to DiCaprio.
“We very a lot appreciated the assist Leo gave us in campaigning to guard Ebo final 12 months so it appeared becoming to honour him on this approach,” mentioned Dr Martin Cheek, who leads the Africa crew in Kew’s identification and naming division.
“Had the logging concession gone forward, we’d have doubtless misplaced this species to timber extraction and slash and burn agriculture that often follows logging concessions,” Dr Cheek added.
The Uvariopsis dicaprio has been provisionally listed as critically endangered. The only real identified specimen, which measures 4m excessive and has solely male flowers, was found subsequent to a footpath, the scientists mentioned.