Australian Systematic Botany Australian Systematic Botany Society
Taxonomy, biogeography and evolution of plants

Tertiary plant fossils from Australia's 'Top End'

MS Pole and DM J S Bowman

Australian Systematic Botany 9(2) 113 - 126
Published: 1996


An assemblage of Tertiary plant fossils is described from Melville Island, Northern Territory, which is in the far north of Australia and currently experiences a monsoonal climate. The leaves examined included probable Cupressaceae, Proteaceae (Grevillea, and forms comparable with the Madagascan genus Dilobia) and Melaleuca (Myrtaceae). They indicate a non-rainforest community which probably had seasonal rainfall.

© CSIRO 1996

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