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Weichselia Stokes and Webb, 1824
Pronounced
WHY-ch'see-lee-ah

Meaning

From Bernissart (in Belgium)
Classification

Pteridopsida
Schizaeales Frank 1877

Weichselia reticulata Stokes and Webb, 1824

Stratigraphy
Wessex and Vectis
Lifestyle
This fern is one of the most commonly found in the Wealden, and is believed to have inhabited low-lying wetlands. They would have made up a major part of the diet of animals such as Polacanthus and Hypsilophodon, which is found in strata close by.
Locality
Most common in the sandstone beds, especially the ones above the Hypsilophodon Beds at Cowleaze Chine

Description of Material

Weichselia is identifiable by it's bipinate fronds, which are broad and rounded. The fronds are usually found in short segments, although sometimes you can find central stems. In cross section Weichselia can be identified from black V-shaped marks along the laminations.

Simon Clabby 2006
   

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