Leeites oblongifolis Zodrow et Z.F.Gao

Plant Fossil Names Registry Number: PFN002721

Act LSID: urn:lsid:plantfossilnames.org:act:2721

Authors: E. L. Zodrow & Z. Gao

Rank: species

Genus: Leeites Zodrow et Z.F.Gao

Reference: Zodrow, E. L. & Gao, Z. (1991): Leeites oblongifolis nov. gen. et sp. (Sphenophyllaean, Carboniferous), Sydney Coalfield, Nova Scotia, Canada. – Palaeontographica, Abt. B 223(1–3): 61–80.

Page of description: 64

Illustrations or figures: text-figs 1B–F, 2–7, 8A, B, 9, Pls 1–8

Name is type for

Leeites Zodrow et Z.F.Gao 1991


Holotype 982GF–315 "5", Palaeobotanical Collections, University College of Cape Breton, Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
Figures: text-fig. 3D, pl. 1, fig. 1

Note: Paratype: 982GF–315 "1" (pl. 2, fig. 1).

Note: When citing holotype (p. 64), the given number is 982FG–315 "5", so "FG" instead of "GF". But from the publication itself, it is apparent that it is just lapsus calami.

Original diagnosis/description

Strobili approximately 50 mm long and 5 mm wide, attached to an axis; claw-like sporophylls 2–5 mm long and up to 3 mm wide, apically pointed, short spines along margin; sporophylls attached perpendicularly then turning actuely upwords; bracts in base of strobili identical in shape to sporophylls; six sporangiophores adaxially to each sporophyll per node; sporangia elliptical approximately 1 mm long, spores of the Laevigatosporites minimus-type.
Foliage polyphyllous, trizygioid leaves of the form S. oblongifolium, anisophyllous verticils, laciniate leaves and leaves intermediate in form.


The use of the epithet oblongifolis signals the similarity of the foliage to S. oblongifolium.


roof of the Lloyd Cove Seam (II), localy known as the Upper Bonar Seam; basal Cantabrian; Upper Carboniferous


Brogan's Mine, near the geographical point, Pt. Aconi, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia

Plant fossil remain

macro- and meso-fossils-embryophytes except wood


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