Late cretaceous palm stem palmoxylon lametaei sp. nov. from bhisi village, maharashtra, india

Debi Dutta, Krishna Ambwani, Emilio Estrada-Ruiz

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Abstract

A new fossil palm trunk Palmoxylon lametaei sp. nov. is described from the Lameta Formation (Upper Cretaceous) of Bhisi area of Nand inland basin, Nagpur District, Maharashtra, India. The stem is well preserved revealing all the anatomical features identifi able to the modern arecoid palm (Phoenix). The fossil plant is characterized by the presence of cortical, dermal, sub-dermal and central zones with profuse roots in the bark region, indicating a basal part of the stem. Presence of fi brous and diminutive bundles only in the outer part of the stem is signifi cant while a gradual transformation from compact to lacunar condition of ground tissue from outer to inner part of the stem suggests that the plants thrived under aquatic environment.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages0
JournalRevista Mexicana de Ciencias Geologicas
StatePublished - 25 Mar 2011
Externally publishedYes

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