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II.—The ‘Dragon-tree’ of the Kentish Rag, with Remarks on the Treatment of Imperfectly Petrified Woods

  • M. C. Stopes (a1)


In the early numbers of the Geological Magazine the ‘Dragon-tree’ received considerable attention. It was thought to be a Monocotyledon and described as a species of Dracæna by Mackie in 1862 (Geologist, p. 401, pl. xxii). The specimen appears to have attracted an unusual amount of interest prior to 1870, and it is referred to by Mantell and other contemporary writers. Carruthers placed it among the British fossil Pandanaceæ in 1868 (GEOL. MAG., p. 154). Like other specimens from the sandstones of the Iguanodon Quarry (Lower Greensand of Maidstone), no internal structure appeared to be preserved, and the determination of its nature rested entirely on the external features.



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page 56 note 1 Annals of Botany, vol. x, pp. 216 et seq., 1896.

page 56 note 2 “Fossil Floras of Cape Colony”: African, Ann. S., vol. iv, 1903, see pp. 34–6.

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