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New plant species will honor Andrus

Associated Press

BOISE - A newly discovered plant species will be named after the late Idaho Gov. Cecil Andrus after a group of his friends successfully helped raise $10,000 for researchers' work, they said.

Scientists from Boise State University and the College of Idaho discovered the new plant species in the Boise Foothills, local news media reported.

They offered to let someone name the yellow, flowering plant for a $10,000 donation.

Andrus was the

longest-serving Idaho governor with four terms. He died in August because of complications from lung cancer. He was 85 years old.

The plant will be named Lomatium Andrusianum in honor of Andrus.

"It was kind of great to see a lot of these people pull together and make a contribution and be able to honor Gov. Andrus in this way," said Jim Smith, one of the Boise State University researchers behind the project.