A newfound flowering plant was named after the Thai-born K-pop singer Lalisa “Lisa” Manoban of South Korean girl group Blackpink.
Researchers at Chiang Mai University’s Faculty of Science discovered a new species of flowering plants under the Annonaceae family during their research expedition in Narathiwat Province in Southern Thailand.
The rare plant was named “Bunga Lalisa,” derived from the Thai word for flower (bunga), and the given name of Blackpink’s Lisa (Lalisa), in simple meaning, “Bunga (Flower of) Lalisa,”. It is a climbing plant with fragrant flowers with the scientific name of Friesodielsia Lalisae Damth., Baka & Chaowasku.
Based on a report, the K-POP star was a big inspiration to Anissara Damthongdee, the study’s first author, during her Ph.D. studies. The research team also includes assistant professor Tanawat Chaowasku and Abdulromea Baka of the Plant Diversity group.
According to the researchers, Bunga Lalisa should be listed as a critically endangered species due to the serious threat of deforestation and climate change.
Lalisa Manoban is a Thai rapper, singer and dancer. She is a member of the South Korean girl group Blackpink and she debuted her solo “LALISA” in September 2021.
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