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Gymnostoma tasmanianum sp nov., a fossil Casuarinaceae from the Early Oligocene of Little Rapid River, Tasmania, Australia

By G. Guerin and R. Hill


Int. J Plant Sci. 164(4):629–634. 2003. © 2003 by The University of ChicagoMacrofossils of Casuarinaceae from Early Oligocene sediments at Little Rapid River, Tasmania, are assigned to a new species, Gymnostoma tasmanianum. This is only the second species of fossil Gymnostoma to be formally described and the first species of Gymnostoma to be described from Tasmania. The species is known from both vegetative and reproductive organs. The new taxon is distinguished from other known species by its small stomata, short article length and tooth width, small length:width ratio of articles, glabrous articles, stomata in two to five rows, and teeth elongate with acute apices and sinuses. The fossil record shows that Gymnostoma once had a much wider distribution in Australia than its current occurrence in far north Queensland.Greg Guerin and Robert S. Hil

Topics: Casuarinaceae; Gymnostoma; Tasmania; macrofossil; Cenozoic
Publisher: Univ Chicago Press
Year: 2003
DOI identifier: 10.1086/375375
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