Utrechtiaceae

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Utrechtiaceae
Utrechtiaceae - Utrechtia piniformis.JPG
Fossil of Utrechtia piniformis
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Pinophyta
Class: Pinopsida
Order: Voltziales
Family: Utrechtiaceae
Mapes & G. W. Rothwell

Utrechtiaceae is an extinct family of trees related to modern conifers.[1] This family dates back to the late Carboniferous and early Permian.[2]

Description[edit]

They were forest trees with almost horizontal standing leafy lateral shoots and with vertical tribes.They were generally small trees.[2] At least with Utrechtia piniformis the side shoots are in whorls.[3]

Like other Voltzialean plants they had compact ovulate cones bearing bilateral bract-scale complexes. The leaves are scale-like, arranged spirally and only a few millimeters long.

Genera[edit]

Utrechtiaceae include the following selected genera:[1][2]

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