Camellia nanningensis sp. nov. the earliest fossil wood record of the genus Camellia (Theaceae) from East Asia

Lu Liang Huang, Jian Hua Jin, Cheng Quan, Alexei A. Oskolski

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Abstract

A new species Camellia nanningensis was described on the basis of well-preserved mummified wood from the upper Oligocene Yongning Formation of Nanning Basin in Guangxi Province, South China. This represents the most ancient fossil wood assigned to Camellia, and the earliest fossil record of the family Theaceae in China. This fossil material shows that Camellia occurred in China as early as the late Oligocene, suggesting more ancient radiation of this genus than estimated by molecular dating.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)823-831
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Plant Research
Volume129
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2016

Keywords

  • Camellia
  • Late Oligocene
  • Mummified wood
  • Nanning Basin
  • South China
  • Theaceae

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Plant Science

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