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Late Palaeocene Cupressaceae Macrofossils at Lake Bungarby, New South Wales


Whang, SS and Hill, RS, Late Palaeocene Cupressaceae Macrofossils at Lake Bungarby, New South Wales, Australian Systematic Botany, 12, (2) pp. 241-254. ISSN 1030-1887 (1999) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1071/SB98005


Four species of conifer macrofossils are described from the Late Palaeocene Lake Bungarby sediments in southern New South Wales. Two are assigned to the Cupressaceae and are considered to represent new species of Libocedrus, L. acutifolius and L. obtusifolius, although it is recognised that both share some characters with Austrocedrus. Two other fossils are considered to have less certain affinities with the Cupressaceae, although both have cuticular micromorphology that contains synapomorphies for that family. Both are assigned to new genera. Bungarbia linifolius has entire, petiolate, univeined leaves that resemble Metasequoia leaves, although the cuticular morphology is very distinct from that genus. Unfortunately, the phyllotaxis of Bungarbia is unknown. Monarophyllum has leaves in apparently opposite pairs, with the leaves bilaterally flattened. This combination of phyllotaxis and leaf flattening is currently unknown in the Cupressaceae.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Evolutionary biology
Research Field:Plant and fungus systematics and taxonomy
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the environmental sciences
UTAS Author:Whang, SS (Dr Sung Whang)
UTAS Author:Hill, RS (Professor Bob Hill)
ID Code:17572
Year Published:1999
Web of Science® Times Cited:8
Deposited By:Plant Science
Deposited On:1999-08-01
Last Modified:2011-08-05

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