Plant leaf

Exotic frond

This is a section from a really large palm leaf from the famous Plant Beds near Poole. These leaves are preserved in a very fine clay that was deposited, or laid down, in a delta were a river met the sea. Obviously the leaves were carried down the river from lush, tropical forests inland. The same process can still be seen today.

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Common name

Plant leaf

Scientific name

Trachycarpus raphifolia

Type

Wood & Plants


Strata

Poole Formation, Bagshot Beds

Time period

Tertiary

Age

47 million years

Where found

Unknown

Found by

Unknown

Museum

Dorset County Museum, Dorchester

Accession number

DCM.G.13578