Epicormic Shoot Traces in the Secondary Xylem of the Triassic and Permian Fossil Conifer Species Woodworthia Arizonica — Short Communication

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Specimens of Woodworthia arizonica Jeffrey trees from the Late Triassic of Arizona, U.S.A. and the Permian of Brazil, typically have horizontal vascular traces that have extremely close contacts with the tracheids of the secondary xylem. In modern gymnospermous and angiospermous trees, such traces terminate on preventitious buds deeply embedded in their bark. Such buds develop into epicormic shoots, after substantial loss of foliage through fire or other damage.

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