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Newly discovered foothills plant species to be named after Cecil Andrus

A newly discovered plant species will be named after the late Idaho Gov. Cecil Andrus after a fundraising effort raised $10,000 for researchers' work, Boise State Public Radio reports. After scientists at BSU and the College of Idaho who discovered the plant offered the naming rights in exchange for a donation to fund further plant research, friends and well-wishers of Andrus raised the money. The yellow, flowering plant is common in the Military Reserve area in the Boise foothills; Andrus, who lived nearby, often walked his dogs there.

The plant will be Lomatium Andrusianum. You can read BSPR’s full report here.

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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