A sunflower discovered high in the Colombian Andes, named in honor of president

Main report: New sunflower unveiled by botanist who had to negotiate South American guerrilla fighters
(Express (UK))
Other Reporting: Phys.org, EurekAlert, Science Daily
Scientific Paper: Phytokeys   
New Taxa: Espeletia praesidentis
Species named for: Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos
Categories: Celebrity Taxa | New Species | Plants

A new plant species from about 11,000 ft up in the northern Andes of Northeastern Colombia has been named Espeletia praesidentis, in honor of efforts made by Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos to build peace in his country after over five decades of conflict.

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Espeletia praesidentis

Espeletia praesidentis.  Photo: M. Diazgranados & L.R. Sánchez

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