Dolly Parton has finally arrived since scientists have named an Appalachian fungus after her.
You know you’ve truly made it as a musician when someone names a fungus after you. Well, technically it’s a lichen. And an Appalachian lichen, nonetheless.
That’s right, the ever dazzling Dolly Parton has been honored by the scientific community when they named a fungus native to her home state after her.
“Dolly Parton is an inspirational figure who has championed the Appalachians both in America and around the globe,” said scientist Jessica Allen in a statement.
Yes, yes, alright. She’s been Entertainer of the Year, sold millions of albums, penned multitudes of hit songs, earned honorary university degrees and even been inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Go on, Ms. 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.”
A genuine and well-intended honor, even if it is a bit strange. The lichen’s scientific name is now Japewiella dollypartoniana.
This particular species of lichen has been around for years, but was only officially recognized just recently. Much like Paul McCartney. And apparently Dolly Parton.
You can read all about the newly named species in the Castenea journal.