Cobbania pharao Coiffard et B.A.R.Mohr

Plant Fossil Names Registry Number: PFN001647


Authors: C. Coiffard & B. A. R. Mohr

Rank: species

Genus: Cobbania Stockey, G.W.Rothwell et K.R.Johnson

Reference: Coiffard, C. & Mohr, B. A. R. (2018): Cretaceous tropical Alismatales in Africa: diversity, climate and evolution. – Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 20(2): 117–131.

Page of description: 125

Illustrations or figures: figs 3A–D, 4A, B, 6A–C


Holotype MB. Pb. 2016/803, Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin, Germany
Figures: figs 3A, B, 4B, 6A, B

Note: Holotype consists of part (MB. Pb. 2016/803a) and counterpart (MB. Pb. 2016/803b).

Original diagnosis/description

Leaves circular to obovate, not trumpet shaped, of the noto- to mesophyllous size class; central area with reticulate venation restricted to the basal two-thirds of the lamina; primary veins forming a thickened midrib on the adaxial surface; reticulate venation of the central area rather regular with parallel secondary veins still discernible.


The specific name is derived from the latin ‘pharao’, the common title of the kings of Ancient Egypt, due to the large size of leaves of the species.


Cretaceous, Upper Cretaceous, Campanian
Quseir Formation (formerly Mut Formation)


Baris (24°33′N, 30°43′E)

Plant fossil remain

macro- and meso-fossils-embryophytes except wood


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