Dolly Parton has gathered another accolade highlighting her connection and contributions to the Appalachian region of America. A new species of lichen, Japewiella dollypartoniana, was recently found in the Appalachian Mountains, home to the singer and philanthropist, and was named in her honor.
The new species is described in an article in the new issue of Castanea, the journal of the Southern Appalachian Botanical Society. (Journal cover picture shown is an orchid )
Dolly Parton, who started from humble beginnings in the Appalachians, has become one of the most famous country singers of all time. “Dolly Parton is an inspirational figure who has championed the Appalachians both in America and around the globe,” said author Jessica Allen. “By naming an Appalachian lichen species found near her Tennessee hometown in her honor we hope to pay tribute her tireless work as an artist and philanthropist.”