Paleocene plant macrofossils from Kakahu, South Canterbury, New Zealand.
A Palaeocene plant macrofossil assemblage is described from the central South Island of New Zealand. This includes a fern, Lygodium sp., and five species of conifers, including a new genus and species of Podocarpaceae (Kakahuia campbellii), and a new species of Prumnopitys (P. opihiensis). Eighteen angiosperm taxa include five which are considered to be Proteaceae. One of these is Lomatia novae-zelandiae sp. nov., the first record of Lomatia in New Zealand, and the oldest currently known.