Lady Gaga Has 19 New Species Of Fern Named After Her

24 October 2012, 14:32 | Updated: 24 October 2012, 14:44

The 'Bad Romance' star's outfit at the 2010 Grammy Awards was apparently inspiration behind the researchers' decision.

Lady Gaga has been honoured for her "fervent defence of equality and individual expression" by having 19 new species of fern named after her.

Researchers at the Duke University in North Carolina were also inspired by the 'Telephone' singer's outfit at the 2010 Grammy Awards when making the decision to put the ferns under one genus, "Gaga".

"We often listen to her music while we do our research," said professor Kathleen Pryer. "We think that her second album, 'Born this Way,' is enormously empowering, especially for disenfranchised people and communities like LGBT, ethnic groups, women - and scientists who study odd ferns!"

The latest honouring of the singer's name comes a month after researchers in Thailand called a new species of wasp Aleiodes Gaga after the star.

You can view a picture of the outfit which helped inspire the researchers below:

Meanwhile, Gaga is currently busy working on her third studio album and recently told fans that she will releasing her next single in 2013.

She also opened up on her thoughts of the final US Presidential debate this week where she compared Barack Obama to Rocky Balboa for his performance against Republican candidate Mitt Romney.