Mauldinia mirabilis Drinnan, P.R.Crane, E.M.Friis et K.R.Pedersen

Plant Fossil Names Registry Number: PFN001896


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

Rank: species

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

Reference: Drinnan, A. N., Crane, P. R., Friis, E. M. & Pedersen, K. R. (1990): Lauraceous flowers from the Potomac Group (mid-Cretaceous) of eastern North America. – Botanical Gazette 151(3): 370–384., link

Page of description: 371

Illustrations or figures: figs 1–8

Name is type for

Mauldinia Drinnan, P.R.Crane, E.M.Friis et K.R.Pedersen 1990


Original diagnosis/description

Lateral units of inflorescence typically bearing five sessile flowers, one in a median position proximal to the bifurcation and two on each lobe. Flowers distinctly triangular in cross section. Perianth consisting of an outer whorl of short triangular tepals and an inner whorl of longer narrowly to broadly triangular tepals with a distinct keel. Anther dehiscence introrse in the two outer whorls of fertile stamens, latrorse-extrorse in the inner whorl of fertile stamens. Anthers with an expanded distal connective. Inner surface of tepals, stamens, and staminode-like structures often covered by closely spaced hairs.


From mirus (Latin) wonderful.


Cretaceous, Upper Cretaceous, Cenomanian
lowermost palynological Zone III, DOYLE personal communication
Elk Neck beds, Potomac Group


United States
West of Mauldin Mountain, Elk Neck Peninsula, northeastern Maryland
Earlville Quadrangle, 7.5 minute series, 39°29'15"N, 75°59'44"W

Plant fossil remain

macro- and meso-fossils-embryophytes except wood


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