Lesleya iberiensis P.Correia, A.A.Sá, J.B.Murphy, Šimůnek et D.Flores

Plant Fossil Names Registry Number: PFN000112

Act LSID: urn:lsid:plantfossilnames.org:act:112

Authors: P. Correia, A. A. Sá, J. B. Murphy, Z. Šimůnek & D. Flores

Rank: species

Reference: Correia, P., Sá, A. A., Murphy, J. B., Šimůnek, Z. & Flores, D. (2016): Lesleya Lesquereux from the Pennsylvanian of the Iberian Massif: part of a dryland megaflora from the Variscan orogen, northwestern Portugal. – Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences 53: 883–895.

Page of description: 888

Illustrations or figures: figs 5, 6


Holotype UP-MHNFCP-094951, UP-MHNFCP-094952, UP-MHNFCP-094954, Museum of Natural History and Science of the University of the Porto (UP-MHNFCP), Porto, Portugal
Figures: fig. 5

Note: Holotype: Natural mold of a nearly complete, large leaf broken in three pieces (separately numbered as UP-MHNFCP-094951, -094952, and -094954) and preserved in grey shales.

Paratypes: The three paratypes also are natural molds of leaves preserved in grey shales (fig. 6): ZS 507 and ZS 508 are the lower parts of two different leaves, whereas ZS 510 is a nearly complete, but poorly preserved leaf.

Original diagnosis/description

Simple leaves, maximum dimensions about 225 mm long and 50 mm wide; margins strongly arched towards the leaf base; base long and narrow (cuneate); margin entire; midvein broad, 1.0–3.0 mm wide; lateral veins fork once or twice; lateral veins oblique, slightly curved (arched) with a 7°–15° angle at the midvein and 5°–35° angle on margin; 10–13 veins/cm on margin. See Table 1 for more detailed comparisons with other named congeners.


The specific epithet refers to the discovery of this species in the Iberian Massif.


Carboniferous, Pennsylvanian, Gzhelian
Compressed dark grey, mica-rich shale lithofacies; TSU B2. Early Gzhelian or Late Pennsylvanian in age.


Outcrops located in DCB, São Pedro da Cova region, northwestern Portugal

Plant fossil remain

macro- and meso-fossils-embryophytes except wood


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