Thursday, June 30, 2011

[Palaeontology • 2005] Bauhinia larsenii • fossil legume from Guangxi, China

Bauhinia larsenii • a fossil legume from Guangxi, China

Fossil leaves and a branch with a leaf and a pod attached have been discovered from Ningming County, Guangxi Autonomous Region, China, and are described as Bauhinia larsenii sp. nov. (Leguminosae: Cercideae). The strata from which the Bauhinia fossils were collected, namely the Ningming Formation, were dated as Late Eocene–Oligocene based on a combination of pollen, fauna and flora. The affinity of the new species to Bauhinia section Micralvesia subsection Viridescentes species is also discussed.

KEYWORDS: Caesalpinioideae, Cercideae, Leguminosae, Oligocene

Chen, Y. F. & Zhang, D. X. 2005 Bauhinia larsenii, a fossil legume from Guangxi. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society (Bot. J. Linn. Soc.). 147: 437-440. DOI: 10.1111/j.1095-8339.2005.00373.x / [PDF file]