A new late Carboniferous calamitacean sphenophyte from South Wales, United Kingdom
CHRISTOPHER J. CLEAL
Department of Natural Sciences, National Museum Wales, Cathays Park, Cardiff CF10 3NP, UK. Chris.firstname.lastname@example.org
CEDRIC H. SHUTE
Palaeontology, The Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 5BD U.K. email@example.com
A new calamitacean sphenotype is described from the middle Westphalian coal-bearing strata of South Wales; Asterophyllites tayloriorum sp. nov. (leafy shoots) and Palaeostachya wagneri sp. nov. (cone-bearing shoots). Both the leafy shoots and cones are characterised by relatively small leaves/bracts in whorls of four. Although the leafy and cone-bearing shoots occur in close association, and were almost certainly parts of the same parent plant species, the case is made for assigning them to separate fossil-taxa.
Keywords: Palaeobotany, Equisetopsida, Carboniferous.
How to cite: Álvarez-Vázquez, C. & Cleal, C.J. 2016. Cleal, C.J. & Shute, C.H. 2016. A new late Carboniferous calamitacean sphenophyte from South Wales, United Kingdom. Spanish Journal of Palaeontology, 31 (1), 25-40.
Received 24 February 2016, Accepted 13 April 2016, Published 30 June 2016