White Lakes Plant Locality (Triassic of the United States)

Also known as NMMNHS locality #L-3346

Where: Santa Fe County, New Mexico (35.2° N, 105.8° W: paleocoordinates 10.1° N, 44.9° W)

• coordinate based on nearby landmark

• small collection-level geographic resolution

When: Carita Creek Formation, Late/Upper Triassic (237.0 - 201.3 Ma)

• The Upper Triassic strata in the White Lakes-Lamy area have been assigned to either the Upper Triassic Dockum Group of eastern New Mexico and vicinity in western Texas (Dane and Bachman 1965) or the Upper Triassic Chinle Formation (Johnson 1973)... Lucas (1991) assigned fossil bearing strata in the White Lakes-Lamy area to the Carita Creek Formation (Late Triassic); equivalent to the Petrified Forest Member of the Chinle Formation (Lucas & Hunt 1989).

• bed-level stratigraphic resolution

Environment/lithology: fluvial; poorly lithified, yellow mudstone

• Flora occurs in a bed of soft white to yellowish mudstone

Size classes: macrofossils, microfossils

Preservation: adpression

Collection methods: surface (in situ),

Primary reference: S. Ash. 1999. An Upper Triassic upland flora from north-central New Mexico, U.S.A. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology 105:183-199 [H. Sims/J. Allen/H. Sims]more details

Purpose of describing collection: taxonomic analysis

PaleoDB collection 10642: authorized by Hallie Sims, entered by Hallie Sims on 23.07.2001, edited by Jonathan Allen

Creative Commons license: CC BY (attribution)

Taxonomic list

Alostrobus traversei n. gen. n. sp.
Seed cone
Pityoidolepis colbertii n. sp.
Seed cone
Masculostrobus lafonii n. sp.
Cones absent of large quantities of pollen
 Cordaitanthales -
Samaropsis bigelowii n. sp.
Specimen contains 2 compressions
Samaropsis whitensis n. sp.
Specimen contains 8 compressions
 Pinales -
Brachyphyllum comancheanum n. sp.
Robust cuticle and protected sunken stomata
  - Calamitaceae
Neocalamites sp. Halle 1908