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A new species of Fitzroya (Cupressaceae) from Oligocene sediments in north-western Tasmania


Hill, RS and Whang, SS, A new species of Fitzroya (Cupressaceae) from Oligocene sediments in north-western Tasmania, Australian Systematic Botany, 9, (6) pp. 867-875. ISSN 1030-1887 (1996) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1071/SB9960867


Vegetative twigs from Oligocene sediments in north-western Tasmania are assigned to a new fossil species of Fitzroya, F. tasmanensis. These twigs differ from extant F. cupressoides in leaf shape and stomatal orientation and morphology. This is the first fossil record of Fitzroya from outside the current range of the genus (South America). Previous fossil records of Fitzroya from South America are almost certainly erroneous. These fossils occur in sediments with leaves and cupules of Nothofagus subgenus Nothofagus, which is also restricted to South America today. This suggests that some current plant associations in southern South America provide good analogues for vegetation in Oligocene Tasmania.

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:Hill, RS (Professor Bob Hill)
ID Code:6947
Year Published:1996
Web of Science® Times Cited:16
Deposited By:Plant Science
Deposited On:1996-08-01
Last Modified:2011-08-16

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