Lady Gaga Gets A Plant Named After Her
19 closely related species have been named for the pop star, inspired by her fashion and the foliage's DNA sequence that spells GAGA.
Nineteen species of fern found in Central and South America, Mexico, Arizona, and Texas, have been named after Lady Gaga. At one stage of its life, the new genus Gaga has somewhat fluid definitions of gender and resembles one of the pop star’s famous outfits. Members of the new genus also bear a distinct DNA sequence spelling GAGA.
Two of the species are new to science: Gaga germanotta from Costa Rica honors her family name, while a Mexican species dubbed Gaga monstraparva honors her fans, the ‘little monsters.’ Study leader Kathleen Pryer, a Duke University biology professor, said: