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Flower named for the vuvuzela

by webdev

July 12, 2010

A rare flower recently discovered in South Africa has been named after the vuvuzela.

Some may love it, some may hate it, but there's no denying that vuvuzelas, the loud horns used by fans at the world cup, have captivated the public consciousness. Now, the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) has announced that a new flower has been named after the instrument.

Moraea vuvuzela, named by botanist Dr John Manning, was given the moniker to celebrate South Africa's first time hosting the soccer world cup. Currently the flower has only been spotted in the heart of the Cape Floral Region.

Anso Le Roux, a resident of Rawsonville, South Africa and a conservationist, is credited with drawing attention to the flower, which she noticed growing in large numbers after a controlled burning in her area.

"The colorful, flared flowers and their massed, synchronous appearance are appropriate associations with the name," according to the SANBI website.

Vuvuzelas are tuneless and loud, but wildly popular among fans in South Africa and across the globe. Though they may cause permanent hearing damage, according to the Straits Times, they are seen by many as a beloved icon of the games.

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