Tertiary flora and vegetation of the locality Záhoří near Žatec (Most Basin, Czech Republic)


Authors: Teodoridis V

Published in: Bulletin of Geosciences, volume 78, issue 3; pages: 261 - 276; Received 28 December 2002; Accepted in revised form 5 February 2003;

Keywords: plant fossils, palaeoecology, fluvial sediments, Most Basin, Early Miocene, Czech Republic,

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Plant fossils of Early Miocene age preserved in silty claystones occur in the incision of the Ohře River. The flora includes 23 taxa (2 conifers, 19 angiosperms and 2 taxa of uncertain systematic affinity). The reconstructed vegetation can be interpreted as a relatively temperate riparian forest with predominance of deciduous elements in moist habitats. According to the floristic analysis it is possible to correlate this flora with those of the Upper Inter-seam Member of the Most Formation from the Pětipsy area. This is also confirmed by similarities in the lithology of fossiliferous deposits in the two areas.