Plant macrofossils of the Upper Cretaceous Kaitangata Coalfield, New Zealand

Pole, Mike and Douglas, Barry (1999) Plant macrofossils of the Upper Cretaceous Kaitangata Coalfield, New Zealand. Australian Systematic Botany, 12 3: 331-364. doi:10.1071/SB98003

Author Pole, Mike
Douglas, Barry
Title Plant macrofossils of the Upper Cretaceous Kaitangata Coalfield, New Zealand
Journal name Australian Systematic Botany
ISSN 1030-1887; 1446-4701
Publication date 1999-08-15
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1071/SB98003
Volume 12
Issue 3
Start page 331
End page 364
Total pages 34
Place of publication Collingwood, VIC, Australia
Publisher CSIRO Publishing
Collection year 1999
Language eng
Subject C1
270705 Palaeoecology
780104 Earth sciences
Formatted abstract
Uppermost Cretaceous sediments from the Cretaceous Kaitangata Coal Mine and the Wangaloa coast (south of Dunedin, New Zealand) were investigated for dispersed plant macrofossils. The gymnosperms include two cycads (Macrozamia sp. and Pterostoma sp.), Ginkgo sp., three further possible ginkgophyte taxa, and ten conifer taxa. The conifers include two new conifer genera and species, Maikuku stephaniae and Waro riderensis, which are placed in the Taxodiaceae s.l., five forms which can be placed into pre-existing genera (Araucaria sp., Otakauia lanceolata, Kaia minuta, Kakahuia sp. ‘Kai Point’, and Paahake cf. P. papillatus), and three others which are not identified to genus (Araucariaceae gen. indet., cf. Dacrycarpus, and ‘Wangaloa conifer’). There are also 13 types of angiosperm cuticle, including one in the Lauraceae, and one with affinities to Chloranthaceae and Monimiaceae. Sample heterogeneity as regards taxa present and their abundance suggests taxonomic heterogeneity in the original vegetation.
© CSIRO 1999
Keyword Plant Sciences
Evolutionary Biology
Tertiary Boundary
Eastern Otago
Q-Index Code C1

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