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Rostellaria (Hippocrenes) ampla, London Clay.
Some of the upper beds at Monod abound in leaves of Proteaceae, Cyperaceae, and ferns, while in some of the lower ones Sequoia, Cinnamomum, and Sparganium are common.
But the predominant order is the Proteaceae, of which there are between sixty and seventy supposed species, many of extinct genera, but some referred to the following living forms- Dryandra, Grevillea, Hakea, Banksia, Persoonia- all now belonging to Australia, and Leucospermum, species of which form small bushes at the Cape.
The epidermis of the leaves of many of these Aix plants, especially of the Proteaceae, is so perfectly preserved in an envelope of fine clay, that under the microscope the stomata, or polygonal cellules, can be detected, and their peculiar arrangement is identical with that known to characterise some living Proteaceae (Grevillea, for example).
As previously stated, the Hoya carnosa (Asclepiadaceae) is a spiral twiner, and likewise adheres by rootlets even to a flat wall.
This surprising difference in the leaves, I have also observed in a plant of Marcgravia dubia in my hothouse.