Tricalycites major Hollick

Plant Fossil Names Registry Number: PFN001135


Authors: C. A. Hollick

Rank: species

Genus: Tricalycites Newb. ex Hollick

Reference: Hollick, C. A. (1904): Additions to the paleobotany of the Cretaceous formation on Long Island. No. II. – Bulletin of the New York Botanical Garden 3: 403–418, pls 70–79.

Page of description: 416

Illustrations or figures: pl. 72, figs 3–7


Syntype n/n
Figures: pl. 2, fig. 3–7

Note: Five specimens figured by Hollick (1914: Bull. New York Bot. Gard., 3: pl. 2, fig. 3–7).

Original protologue

Organism normally consisting of three entire, oblong-spatulate wings or appendages, tri-palmately arranged and attached to a common nucleus by their bases, finely and closely striated longitudinally, middle one usually the largest, about 4 cm. long by 1.3 cm. broad.
These well-defined organisms are evidently generically identical with those described by Newberry under the name Tricalycites papyraceus (Fl. Amboy Clays, I. c. 132. pl. 46, f. 30–38), and they merely differ in their larger size. In some specimens, as indicated in figs. 5 and 6, the appendages appear as if confluent at their bases, which is probably due to overlapping, and doubtless these specimens, if perfect, would present the appearance of three-lobed samarae.


Cretaceous shell


United States
Glen Cove, Long Insland, New York

Plant fossil remain

macro- and meso-fossils-embryophytes except wood