The earliest Sabiaceae fruit remains of Hungary

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2012
Authors:E. R. Bodor, Baranyi, V., Heřmanová, Z.
Start Page:11

Numerous well-preserved plant-remains were discovered at the Upper Cretaceous Iharkút vertebrate fossil site (Csehbánya Formation, Bakony Mts., Hungary). A well determinable, but rare mesofossil form belongs to the Sabiaceae family. The internationally excellent Cenozoic
fossil record makes the family of special phytogeographical and palaebotanical interest. Based on endocarp morphology we assigned the Iharkút specimens to Sabia menispermoides. These characters are also typical for the recent Sabia genus. KNOBLOCH and MAI described Sabia menispermoides from the Cretaceous of České Budějovice in 1986 as Sabia because of the high similarity to the recent forms. The now living Sabiaceae plants are trees, shrubs and lianas. The known representatives of the family are members of the subtropical and tropical vegetations in Asia and America. Their presence at Iharkút indicates subtropical climatic conditions of the vertebrate locality.

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