Atlantocarpus virginiensis E.M.Friis, P.R.Crane et K.R.Pedersen

Plant Fossil Names Registry Number: PFN001601


Authors: E. M. Friis, P. R. Crane & K. R. Pedersen

Rank: species

Genus: Atlantocarpus E.M.Friis, P.R.Crane et K.R.Pedersen

Reference: Friis, E. M., Crane, P. R. & Pedersen, K. R. (2020): Multiparted, apocarpous flowers from the Early Cretaceous of eastern North America and Portugal. – Fossil Imprint 76(2): 279–296.

Page of description: 287

Illustrations or figures: text-fig. 5a–d

Name is type for

Atlantocarpus E.M.Friis, P.R.Crane et K.R.Pedersen 2020


Holotype PP43780, Paleobotanical Collections, Department of Geology, The Field Museum, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Figures: text-fig. 5a–d

Note: Holotype from Puddledock sample 156.

Original diagnosis/description

Floral structure bracteate, pedicellate and structurally bisexual, with a multiparted perianth, androecium and gynoecium. Floral receptacle elongate conical. Ovary superior lacking a hypanthium. Perianth of about 15 tepals in two or more series. Tepals with broad rhombic bases. Androecium of about 15 free stamens in two or more series. Gynoecium apocarpous, of about 40 to 50 carpels arranged spirally along the elongated receptacle. Style lacking, stigmatic region extended. Carpels apparently ascidiate.


From the state of Virginia where the fossil was discovered.


Cretaceous, Lower Cretaceous, Albian
Basal part of Subzone IIB, Potomac Group; Early Cretaceous (early to middle Albian).


United States
Puddledock, former Tarmac Lone Star Industries (Vulcan Materials) sand and gravel pit, located south of Richmond and east of the Appomattox River in Prince George County, Virginia (37° 15′ 52″ N, 77°22′ 10″ W).

Plant fossil remain

macro- and meso-fossils-embryophytes except wood


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