KEPONG: Ahmadzahidianum and feinajunaidiana may not roll off the tongue easily, but this is an honour for Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar as these endangered plant species have been named after them.
These two limestone hill plant species, gymnostachyum ahmadzahidianum and impatiens feinajunaidiana, which are found in Kelantan and Perlis, were named after the Deputy Prime Minister and Natural Resources and Environment Minister respectively for their efforts in preserving the nation's biodiversity.
Natural Resources and Environment director-general Datuk Seri Azizan Ahmad made the announcement in conjunction with the launch of Villa Fragrance at the Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM) here on Friday.
Azizan said that experts are now preparing the scientific description of the flowering plants for publication in international journals.
The name of another endangered plant, named after Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, will be announced during his visit to Lancang later this week.
During his speech, Dr Ahmad Zahid called on FRIM Inc to commercialise their research findings.
"Don't let the findings of the research remain just on paper," he said.
Dr Ahmad Zahid also said that FRIM Inc could be a global player in the organic herb industry.
He also told FRIM Inc to remain focused on its core business and not to invest in "hotels or overseas property".
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