Scientists at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, said they wanted to honor Leonardo DiCaprio for his help in saving a rainforest from devastation, so they named a recently discovered tree after him. The tree, now known as Uvariopsis dicaprio, is found solely in Cameroon’s forest, which is 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.

Scientists and campaigners were upset when they learned of plans to open up vast swathes of the Ebo Forest to logging. It is home to the Banen people and a variety of unusual flora and endangered animals. A letter from international scientists to the government outlined the endangered animal and plant species. DiCaprio took the cause, and his social media messages to his millions of followers helped the campaign gain traction. Although the forest has yet to be designated as a national park, the government later abandoned plans to allow logging. “This could just be a stay of execution,” Dr. Cheek added. Following its publication in the peer-reviewed journal PeerJ, the “dicaprio” tree will be the first plant to be officially named by Kew scientists in 2022. It belongs to the ylang ylang family and is critically threatened. It can only be found in a small area of the woods.