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Jacinda's Lichen-ness

  • Lichen found by Unitec named after Jacinda Arden

The Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has inspired the name for a new species of lichen, discovered in Auckland last year by Environmental and Animal Sciences professors Dan Blanchon and Peter de Lange, along with Peter’s 17-year-old son Theo and former Unitec student Andrew Marshall. Ocellularia jacinda-arderniae, or Jacinda’s barnacle lichen, recognises that the lichen was found during the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage.  So far the lichen been found on tanekaha, kauri and rewarewa trees in Auckland. 

Originally posted by Newsroom on December 20, 2019

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