Inspired by a costume worn by Lady Gaga, a team of researchers at Duke University who recently discovered an entirely new genus of ferns, decided to name them it 'Gaga Germanotta' in honor of the international pop music star.
In total, 19 different species of ferns will bear the Gaga name. Researchers say that the heart-shaped Armani Primé outfit worn by Lady Gaga to the 2010 Grammies bears a striking resemblance to these ferns during their reproductive stage. The Gaga germanotta genus of fern is also known to exhibit bisexual characteristics during reproduction, although it's unclear if this information played a role in the research team's naming decision.
Recording sensation, fashion icon, and now, plant genus, one can only imagine where Lady Gaga will sprout up next.
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Researchers Name 'Gaga Germanotta' Genus of Ferns After Iconic Recording Artist
By: Wes Walcott - Published: Oct 29, 2012 • References: today.duke.edu