|Japanese Raisin Tree, Hovenia dulcis|
Hovenia is a small genus of deciduous trees or shrubs in the family Rhamnaceae. They occur naturally from India to Japan. The Japanese, or Oriental raisin tree, Hovenia dulcis, is the best known species, as it is often planted in gardens outside Asia.
A fossil wood with features similar to those of the Oligocene Hovenia palaeodulcis from Japan is described from the late Eocene Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Colorado, United States. This is the first report of fossil wood of this Asian genus in North America.
- syn Hovenia kiukiangensis
- Hovenia dulcis Thunb.
- syn Hovenia inaequalis DC.
- A New (Hovenia) and an old (Chadronoxylon) Fossil Wood from the Late Eocene Florissant Formation, Colorado, U.S.A. by Elisabeth Wheeler and Herbert W. Meyer, IAWA journal / International Association of Wood Anatomists (Impact Factor: 1.07). 01/2012; 33(3). DOI: 10.1163/22941932-90000096
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