Journal of Plant Research

, Volume 132, Issue 2, pp 223–236 | Cite as

A new species of Liquidambar (Altingiaceae) from the late Eocene of South China

  • Natalia P. Maslova
  • Tatiana M. Kodrul
  • Alexei B. Herman
  • Ming Tu
  • Xiaoyan LiuEmail author
  • Jianhua JinEmail author
Regular Paper


A new fossil leaf species, Liquidambar bella (Altingiaceae), is described from the lower part of the Eocene Huangniuling Formation, Maoming Basin, South China. Suprabasal venation in the fossil lobed Liquidambar leaves is reported for the first time. The new species provides additional palaeobotanical evidence on the morphological variability of this genus supporting the idea of combining the genera Liquidambar, Semiliquidambar and Altingia into the single genus Liquidambar as proposed based on molecular markers.


Altingiaceae Eocene Huangniuling Formation Liquidambar Maoming Basin South China 



We are sincerely grateful to Prof. R. Spicer (Open University, UK) and the reviewers for valuable comments and suggestions. The research was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grants nos. 41820104002, 41661134049, 41210001), the Russian Foundation for Basic Research (Grant no. 19-04-00046, to NM, in part to TK), and the State project no. 0135-2019-0044 (Geological Institute, Russian Acad. Sci., to AH, TK).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Natalia P. Maslova
    • 1
    • 2
  • Tatiana M. Kodrul
    • 1
    • 3
  • Alexei B. Herman
    • 3
  • Ming Tu
    • 1
  • Xiaoyan Liu
    • 1
    Email author
  • Jianhua Jin
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.State Key Laboratory of Biocontrol, Guangdong Key Laboratory of Plant Resources and School of Life SciencesSun Yat-sen UniversityGuangzhouChina
  2. 2.Borissiak Paleontological InstituteRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia
  3. 3.Geological InstituteRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia

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