Late Cretaceous by V. Krassilov, Z. Lewy, Eviatar Nevo

By V. Krassilov, Z. Lewy, Eviatar Nevo

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Nelumbites aravensis is represented by both floating and aerial leaves, therefore similar to extant Nelumbo in the life form. Yet the flowers (Nelumboidanthus parvus) might have been relatively small, suggesting a different pollination ecology. Eilatinea is compared to Ondinea purpurea, a clear-water species of non-perennial streams in western Australia (Den Hartog, 1970). Limnobiophyllum, an araceous genus of a suggestedly duckweed habit (Krassilov, 1976), is abundant elsewhere, but rare in Gerofit, implying a scarcity of hypertrophic conditions favored by the duckweeds.

Eilatinea is compared to Ondinea purpurea, a clear-water species of non-perennial streams in western Australia (Den Hartog, 1970). Limnobiophyllum, an araceous genus of a suggestedly duckweed habit (Krassilov, 1976), is abundant elsewhere, but rare in Gerofit, implying a scarcity of hypertrophic conditions favored by the duckweeds. Inland terrestrial vegetation On taphonomic evidence, the inland Eocercidiphyllites glandulosus - Platanervia integrifolia – Menispermites cuspidentatus community grew in the lowlands occasionally intruding the coastal zone.

There are also differences in the contribution of inland vegetation, root bed deposition and the root morphology. 42 Plant morphological evidence Critical evidence for mangrove habit is provided by roots and seedlings. Although subterranean horizontal root systems and aerenchymatous aerial roots, occur in non-mangrove plants as well, the mangrove roots, adapted for anchoring and respiration in waterlogged saline soil of a highly variable redox levels, are distinguishable due to their peculiar root knees, erect pneumatophores and capillary rootlets lacking root hairs.

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