For the most part, fern isn’t something that draws much attention, but you’re going to want to see the new fern species named after Lady Gaga.
It’s not a new star or some piece of art that was named after Lady Gaga, but 19 new fern species. Botanists at Duke University decided Lady Gaga is the best name for the extravagant fern species and for good reason. Apparently, the new fern species has a lot more in common to Lady Gaga than you’d imagine.
The 19 new species of fern named after Lady Gaga are found in Arizona, Texas, Mexico and Central and South America. The new genus split from the Cheilanthes genus some time ago and includes two new discovered species: Gaga germanotta and Gaga monstraparva.
Gaga germanotta was found in Costa Rica and got Lady Gaga’s scene and real name (she was born Stefani Germanotta). The second fern species newly discovered is Gaga monstraparva, which in Latin means Gaga Little Monster. That’s pretty neat, right?!
“We wanted to name this genus for Lady Gaga because of her fervent defense of equality and individual expression” said Kathleen Pryer, biology professor at Duke University. “And as we started to consider it, the ferns themselves gave us more reasons why it was a good choice” the researcher added.
During the research, Duke University botanists found that one of the fern species in the batch of 19 has “somewhat fluid definitions of gender”. Remember in the early times of the Lady Gaga craze there were a lot of people juggling theories that Lady Gaga is hermaphrodite? But that isn’t the reason why researchers name the fern species after Lady Gaga.
“We often listen to her music while we do our research” the scientist explained. “We think that her second album, ‘Born This Way’, is enormously empowering, especially for disenfranchised people and communities like LGBT, ethnic groups, women – and scientists who study odd ferns” she added.
And as it turned out, the fern itself spells Lady Gaga’s name in its DNA analysis. NBC News writes “one of the genus’ distinguishing strings of base pairs reads GAGA (guanine-alanine-guanine-alanine).
Finally, as the Duke researcher confessed it was a Lady Gaga outfit that convinced her, the new fern species need to have her name. “When she emerged in what I saw a fern gametophyte, I just felt that she was speaking to us” Pryer told NBC News.