Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Sir David Attenborough finally has a living species named after him in the UK

He’s been one of Britain’s best loved naturalists for more than 70 years.

The Attenborough's hawkweed (Hieracium attenboroughianum)But it’s only now that Sir David Attenborough has been bestowed with the honour of having his first living species native to the UK named after him.

The presenter, 88, has lent his moniker to a new wild flower called The Attenborough’s hawkweed, or ‘Hieracium attenboroughianum’.

It was discovered over a decade ago in the Brecon Beacons in south Wales. However, it took 10 years for scientists to decipher whether or not it was actually new.

First found on a rocky ledge on Cribyn, its closest relative is the daisy.

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