There is a saying, "Behind every great man is a woman".
Well, behind every plant is the man or woman who discovered it or after whom it was named, sometimes both.
At the recently concluded Flora Filipina 2012, I had the privilege and honor of meeting the man behind the Vietnamese species Cycas lindstromii. No other than Swedish cycad expert Anders Linsdtrom himself.
I came across the first article published by Si-Lin Yang, Ken D. Hill and Nguyen Tien Hiep about this species' discovery. Towards the end of the article Yang et al mention that the epithet honors Lindstrom who "assisted in the initial discovery of this species, and who has devoted valuable time and energy toward conservation of Asian cycads". Mr. Lindstrom was involved in the field study and the Nong Nooch Tropical Garden in Thailand of which Mr. Lindstrom is curator partly funded the field research.
The Cycas lindstromii was first discovered in 1994 in Binh Thuan in Southern Vietnam.
It is a dwarf cycad, distinguished by its subterranean trunk, frequently branched at the apex, and its its short, moderately keeled leaves.
The species is listed as Endangered under criterion B of the IUCN Red List, due to its small extent of occurrence (2,000-4,280 km²), presence at 3-5 localities, and continuing decline. This species is also listed on Appendix II of the CITES Appendices.
This species is on my plant chase list but because of its status, quite a difficult one to chase down. I find it simultaneously wonderful and frustrating that I was able to chase the man before the plant.