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    Ditaxocladus (extinct Cupressaceae, Cupressoideae) from the Upper Cretaceous and Paleocene of the Northern Hemisphere
    Guo, Shuang-Xing
    Kvaček, Zlatko
    Manchester, Steven R.
    Zhou, Zhe-Kun
Publication type
    článek v periodiku
Source title - serial
    Palaeontographica Abteilung B: Palaeophytologie
    Roč. 288, č. 5-6
Thesaurus term
    boreal North America
    eastern Asia
    extinct Cupressoideae
    Upper Cretaceous
Abstract (in english)
   An emended diagnosis of the extinct cupressoid genus Ditaxocladus S. X. GUO & Z. H. SUN (syn. Fokieniopsis MCIVER & BASINGER) and its three species is proposed based on new collections from the type locality in the Paleocene Wulonggu Formation of Altai in NW China, and other sites from China, SE Russia and western North America. Ditaxocladus planiphyllus S. X. GUO & Z. H. SUN (generitype) is now known from compound racemose fertile branches bearing several opposite pairs of globose to sub-globose seed cones composed of 6-12 decussate peltate scales, in addition to typically oppositely branched sprays. Besides D. planiphyllus, two more species are recognized based on differences in seed cone morphology. D. kivdensis KODRUL in KRASSILOV et al. from the Paleocene of Raichikha in Amur Province, Russia, is distinguished by similar but slender and pendulous cones, while D. catenulatus (W. A. BELL) S. X. GUO, KVACEK, MANCHESTER & Z. K. ZHOU comb. n. (syn. Fokieniopsis catenulata (W. A. BELL)
   MCIVER & BASINGER and Fokienia ravenscragensis MCIVER & BASINGER) typified by early Paleocene records in North America bears ovoid seed cones with a higher number of cone scales. All three species share the same type of bipinnately and oppositely ramified elongate sprays of cladode-like foliage and pinnately and oppositely arranged seed cones at successive nodes on compound racemose fertile branches. They differ from the living Fokienia, with which they were formerly compared, in oppositely (vs. alternately) branched leafy sprays and oppositely clustered (vs. solitary) seed cones consisting of much fewer cone scales (6-12 vs. 12-18 in Fokienia). Sterile foliage attributed to Ditaxocladus occurs in the Upper Cretaceous to Paleocene of North America, Russia and Paleocene of Spitsbergen. Tracing differentiation of Ditaxocladus populations (or species) over the Northern Hemisphere is hampered by incompleteness of most records based on quite uniform foliage without seed cones.
    UK Praha, Přírodovědecká fakulta
Contributor code
    UK, PřF
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Import date
    27. 4. 2014