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Cretaceous plants from Quedlinburg

The Cretaceous plant remains from the Quedlinburg area, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany, comprise the original material of P. B. Richter´s publications from the beginning of the 20th century on Lower and Upper Cretaceous plant fossils. The material includes, among others, important taxa such as the extinct conifer Geinitzia formosa Heer, the type locality of which is Altenburg, close to Quedlinburg (Upper Santonian), and numerous specimens of Credneria spp., an extinct genus with affinities to modern Platanus.

The Lower Cretaceous horizons are dominated by taxa such as Nathorstiana, which is a member of the rhizomorphic lycopsids, Hausmannia, a member of the Dipteridaceae, and Cylindrites, a plant with uncertain affinities. The Upper Cretaceous layers are rich in angiosperms and gymnosperms. Although ascribed to various different families, many of the angiosperm leaves appear to represent platanoid leaf types.

The Quedlinburg collections in the Department of Palaeobotany comprise a total of 4726 specimens, of which 1654 are identified to the genus level. The following sections list all the plant remains from the Quedlinburg area identified down to genus level, sorted by genus, by specimen number, and by locality. In addition information on published material* and a list of all taxa recorded from the Quedlinburg area are provided.

*available from spring 2005