James Bond has its own Caribbean plants

The sub-genus Jamesbondia honors the leading US ornithologist James Bond.

Published in Plan Biosystems an article proposes a new subgenus of Alternanthera called Jamesbondia, a plant mostly found in Central America and the Caribbean islands. This genus includes plants such as the joyweed and allligator weed.

The authors, I,Sanchez -del Pino and D. Iamonico built their work on the unpublished annotations of J.M Mears  who identified these plants as Jamesbondia form 1980 to 1982.

But don't believe this is for spy celebrity James Bond.

The name wasn't prevoiusly published but authors respected Mears annotations and named the subgenus in honour to the American orthnitologist James Bond.

"Jamesbondia is clearly dedicated to the ornithologist James Bond (1900-1989), who focused his research on birds in the same Caribbean areas that are the primary home of the four putative species of subgenus Jamesbondia, " say the authors.

It has been said, Ian Fleming adopted the orthnitologist's name for his novel as he has himself a keen birdwatcher.

An AP article published in 1989 says Mr Fleming in a letter to Mr Bond's wife Mary Fanning Wickham Bond saying, ''it struck me that this brief, unromantic, Anglo-Saxon and yet very masculine name was just what I needed, and so a second James Bond was born."

"The name’s bondia, Jamesbodia"

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