Fossil wood of Syzygium from the Miocene of Guangxi, South China: The earliest fossil evidence of the genus in eastern Asia

Yifan Li, Luliang Huang, Cheng Quan, Jianhua Jin, Alexei A. Oskolski

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Abstract

A new species, Syzygium guipingensis sp. nov. (Myrtaceae), is described based on mummified fossil wood from the Miocene Erzitang Formation of Guiping Basin, Guangxi, South China. This species represents the most ancient reliable fossil record of the genus Syzygium in eastern Asia, showing the greatest similarity to the extant species S. buxifolium Hook. et Arnott. Its occurrence in the Miocene is consistent with the diversification age of the Asian lineage within Syzygium as estimated by molecular dating (11.4 Ma). The fossil record of Syzygium suggests that this genus migrated from Australia to eastern Asia in the Miocene, coincidently with the formation of island chains between these continents.

Original languageEnglish
JournalIAWA Journal
Volume4
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Keywords

  • Gondwana
  • Miocene
  • Myrtaceae
  • Paleogeography
  • Wood anatomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Forestry
  • Plant Science

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