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Hortus botanicus Leiden names orchid after Dame Jane Goodall

2 October 2014

Scientists from The Naturalis Biodiversity Centre and botanical garden Hortus botanicus Leiden have described a new  orchid species collected during a field trip in 2003 to Papua New Guinea by Dr. E.F. de Vogel and Art Vogel. It has been named  Dendrobium goodallianum in honour of Dame Jane Goodall. The orchid flowers only one day and smells like coconut. When the orchid flowers, it will be shown to the public in the tropical greenhouse.

Jane Goodall is one of the most influential women in the world. She is a UN Ambassador of Peace and travels all over the world to protect the future of our endangered planet. This orchid is named after Dame Jane Goodall in recognition of her outstanding contributions to nature conservation.

The orchid Dendrobium goodallianum was described and published in the Malesian Orchid Journal Vol. 14 (2014) by Ed de Vogel and Rogier van Vugt. The drawing of this species by Esmée Winkel is part of a series of drawings awarded a gold medal in Edinburgh (BISCOT) in 2012.

Recently Jane Goodall published the book Seeds of Hope: Wisdom and Wonder from the World of Plants,  to which our head gardener greenhouses Rogier van Vugt contributed.  The book describes the essential role that trees and plants play in our world.


Read more about the work of Esmée Winkel via link

For more info please contact Saskia Jacobs-Beukers, PR & Communication, Hortus botanicus Leiden,

T. +31 (0)71-5275231, E.

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