Turlock Lake Flora (Neogene of the United States)

Where: Stanislaus County, California (37.6° N, 120.6° W: paleocoordinates 37.5° N, 117.8° W)

• coordinate based on nearby landmark

• local area-level geographic resolution

When: Merhten Formation, Late/Upper Hemphillian (10.3 - 4.9 Ma)

• formation-level stratigraphic resolution

Environment/lithology: lacustrine - small

• Depositional environment was a "lowland area, but one typified by shallow lakes and slugish sloughs."
• "wet, thick bentonitic shales"

Size class: mesofossils

Preservation: mold/impression, original carbon

Collection methods: bulk, mechanical,

Primary reference: D.I. Axelrod. 1980. Contributions to the Neogene Paleobotany of Central California. University of California Publications in Geological Sciences 121:3-212 [B. Tiffney/J. Fosdick/J. Fosdick]more details

Purpose of describing collection: paleoecologic analysis

PaleoDB collection 35271: authorized by Bruce Tiffney, entered by Julia Fosdick on 21.11.2003

Creative Commons license: CC BY (attribution)

Taxonomic list

 Pinales - Pinaceae
 Cyperales - Commelinidae
Cyperus sp. Linnaeus 1753 sedge
 Juncales - Commelinidae
Juncus sp. Linné 1760
 Typhales - Commelinidae
 Dioscoreales - Liliidae
 Rhamnales - Rosidae
 Scrophulariales - Asteridae
 Magnoliales - Lauraceae
Umbellularia salicifolia Lesquereux 1883 laurel
 Fabales - Leguminosae
 Ericales - Ericaceae
 Rosales - Rosaceae
 Proteales - Platanaceae
Platanus paucidentata Dorf 1930 plane tree
 Fagales - Fagaceae
 Violales - Salicaceae