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Aphlebiae are the imperfect or irregular leaf endings commonly found on ferns and fossils of ferns from the Carboniferous Period, but seem to have disappeared by the beginning of the Mesozoic.[1] The word itself is derived from the Greek "phleb-", meaning vein, and "a-", meaning without.[2]


  1. ^ Boersma, Miente (February 1985). "Aphlebia lautneri nov. sp. from the Rhaeto-Liassic of Franken (G.F.R.)". Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology. 44 (1). doi:10.1016/0034-6667(85)90027-2. 
  2. ^ "aphlebia". Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Retrieved 2012-11-07.