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Flowers from Myanmar amber confirm the Cretaceous age of Rhamnaceae but not of the extant genus Phylica

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Fig. 1: Flowers of Phylica imberbis.


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This study was supported by funding from the University of Johannesburg (URC Strategic Grant) and the Komarov Botanical Institute (institutional research projects no. АААА-А19-119030190018-1) to A.A.O., by the budgetary funding of the Lomonosov Moscow State University (subsidy no. 121032500084-6) for E.E.S. and by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of Russia (project no. 075-15-2021-1064) for D.D.S. We thank CapeNature for issuing a collecting permit for this study.

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A.A.O. conceived the study, analysed the floral morphological data and wrote the manuscript draft. B.B.M. examined the anatomy of extant Phylica flowers. E.E.S. analysed and interpreted the pollen data. D.D.S. interpreted the floral morphological data and revised the manuscript. All authors discussed the results and commented on the manuscript.

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Oskolski, A.A., Morris, B.B., Severova, E.E. et al. Flowers from Myanmar amber confirm the Cretaceous age of Rhamnaceae but not of the extant genus Phylica. Nat. Plants 10, 219–222 (2024).

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