new australian conifer living fossil?

Jan Wesenberg jsp at nlh.no
Thu Dec 15 05:56:05 EST 1994


Some days ago there was a brief message on Norwegian radio about a new plant 
discovered in Australia this year, the known population counting some 20-30 
plants. The discovery was described as sensational, the plant (species? 
genus? higher rank?) was previously thought extinct some 170 mill. years 
ago, it was said. 

Can anybody tell what kind of plant this is? It was referred to as a pine 
species, but this could mean any conifer, I think.

Hoping for a live Lebachia or Cordaites,

Jan Wesenberg
Agricultural University of Norway
Dept. of Biology and Nature Conservation
jan.wesenberg at ibnf.nlh.no



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