Plant named after UST rector

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The Mycetia dagohoyana is named after Rev. Fr. Herminio Dagohoy, O.P. Photo courtesy of Grecebio Alejandro.

A FLOWERING plant has been named after Rector Fr. Herminio Dagohoy, O.P.

Grecebio Alejandro, director of the Office for Graduate Research, and his team discovered a new species of Mycetia endemic to Agusan del Norte and named it Mycetia dagohoyana after the University rector.

Alejandro said he wanted to pay tribute to Fr. Dagohoy who attended his talk at the national conference of the Association of Catholic Universities of the Philippines in Bohol last year.

“After telling stories about my new species named after UST, Pope Francis and Dr. Francis Montoya … I uttered spontaneously to the audience that if I discover another interesting endemic Philippine plant I would name it in honor of our dear Rector,” Alejandro said in an interview with the Varsitarian.

Mycetia dagohoyana is the fourth species of the flowering plant genus Mycetia.

In 2015, Alejandro and his team discovered a rare flowering plant in Antique and named it Hedyotis papafranciscoi after Pope Francis, who visited the Philippines that year.

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