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Relationships among Tasmanian Tertiary Nothofagus (Nothofagaceae) populations


Scriven, LJ and Hill, RS, Relationships among Tasmanian Tertiary Nothofagus (Nothofagaceae) populations, Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society, 121, (4) pp. 345-364. ISSN 0024-4066 (1996) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1006/bojl.1996.0040


Three leaf and two cupule forms of Nothofagus from the Early Oligocene deposit at Lea River are assigned to the previously described species Nothofagus tasmanica, N. lobata, N. gunnii, N. glandularis and N. bulbosa. A single leaf specimen is possibly referable to Nothofagus subgenus Brassospora. Nothofagus microphylla, previously described from Monpeclyata, is separated into two species. These two species are N. microphylla and a new deciduous species named Nothofagus martinii. N. microphylla is transferred from the Nothofagus subgenus Lophozonia to subgenus Nothofagus, based upon cuticular characteristics. Nothofagus bulbosa and Nothofagus gunnii are also present at Monpeclyata. It is proposed that both N. lobata and N. microphylla have heterophyllous shoots and thus two leaf morphologies. Evolutionary and environmental relationships between Nothofagus species at Lea River, Monpeclyata and Little Rapid River are discussed. Large scale disturbance and increased seasonality are predicted to have caused the extinction of Nothofagus subgenus Nothofagus in Australia.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Geology
Research Field:Palaeontology (incl. palynology)
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the environmental sciences
UTAS Author:Scriven, LJ (Dr Scriven)
UTAS Author:Hill, RS (Professor Bob Hill)
ID Code:6943
Year Published:1996
Web of Science® Times Cited:24
Deposited By:Plant Science
Deposited On:1996-08-01
Last Modified:2011-08-16

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