Mixoxylon Chernomor. et Sakala

Plant Fossil Names Registry Number: PFN001850

Act LSID: urn:lsid:plantfossilnames.org:act:1850

Authors: O. Chernomorets & J. Sakala

Rank: genus

Reference: Chernomorets, O. & Sakala, J. (2021): Mixoxylon australe gen. et sp. nov., a unique homoxylous wood with non-angiosperm affinity from the Lower Cretaceous of Antarctica (Albian, James Ross Island). – Antarctic Science 33(5): 493–501.

Page of description: 495


Mixoxylon australe Chernomor. et Sakala

Original diagnosis/description

Growth rings boundaries are indistinct, with earlywood zone significantly wider than latewood. Earlywood tracheids are characterized by scalariform pitting. Latewood tracheid pitting on radial walls is araucarian. Cross-fields pits are araucarioid to podocarpoid. Tangential and horizontal walls of ray parenchyma cells have both distinct pitting (Abietineentüpfelung sensu Kräusel). Axial parenchyma and resin canals are absent. Rays are exclusively uniseriate.


Named for the friend and head of the geological part of the Czech Antarctic project Petr Mixa; the name also points to a “mixed” character of features, situated between Sahnioxylon Bose & Sah and Phoroxylon Sze.

Plant fossil remain

fossil wood

Names associated with genus

Mixoxylon australe Chernomor. et Sakala 2021


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