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Akania patagonica n. sp. and Additional Material on Akania americana Romero & Hickey (Akaniaceae), from Paleocene Sediments of Patagonia
M. A. Gandolfo, M. C. Dibbern and E. J. Romero
Bulletin of the Torrey Botanical Club
Vol. 115, No. 2 (Apr. - Jun., 1988), pp. 83-88
Published by: Torrey Botanical Society
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2996138
Page Count: 6
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New specimens of Akania americana Romero & Hickey and a new species in the same genus, Akania patagonica n. sp. are described. Comparisons are made with the only living species, A. hilli, endemic to east Australia. All the fossils are found in the La Huitrera Formation (Paleocene), Chubut Province, Argentina. The fossils support the idea that the Akaniaceae were diversified and widespread in the southern hemisphere during the Paleogene, and that close relationships existed between South America and Australia at that time.
Bulletin of the Torrey Botanical Club © 1988 Torrey Botanical Society