Alkastrobus peltatus Fueyo et S.Archang.

Plant Fossil Names Registry Number: PFN001957


Authors: G. M. del Fueyo & S. Archangelsky

Rank: species

Genus: Alkastrobus Fueyo et S.Archang.

Reference: del Fueyo, G. M. & Archangelsky, S. (2005): A new araucarian pollen cone with in situ Cyclusphaera Elsik from the Aptian of Patagonia, Argentina. – Cretaceous Research 26(5): 757–768.

Page of description: 758

Illustrations or figures: figs 1–5

Name is type for

Alkastrobus Fueyo et S.Archang. 2005


Holotype LIL Pb 2562, Lillo Institute, Tucumán University, Argentine
Figures: fig. 1E

Original diagnosis/description

Pollen cones cylindrical, elliptical, sessile, up to 10 mm long and 5 mm wide. Microsporophylls spirally arranged on a central axis 0.5 mm wide; peltate with a pedicel 0.9 mm long and a distal rhomboidal head of 1 × 1.2 mm. Abaxial to the head and parallel to the pedicel, more than six elongate pollen sacs are attached. Microsporophyll tissues consist of: epidermis of the sporophyll head; exothecium, one parietal layer and the peritapetal membrane of the microsporangium. Ubisch bodies present. Cyclusphaera Elsik pollen embedded in the peritapetal membrane, shape discoid, 50–58 μm in diameter, two polar apertures and equatorial thickening present. Exine apparently laevigate under LM but showing granules and spines under SEM. Pollen wall with a sculptured sexine and a lamellate nexine; fully developed in the equatorial areas, thinning towards the apertures. Outer part of the sexine with loosely disposed granules that gradually fuse towards the nexine as irregularly aligned vermiform elements. Nexine composed of at least eight parallel, wavy lamellae.


The specific name refers to the peltate condition of the microsporophylls.


Cretaceous, Lower Cretaceous, Aptian
Baqueró Group, Anfiteatro de Ticó Formation


Anfiteatro de Ticó, Estancia La Magdalena

Plant fossil remain

macro- and meso-fossils-embryophytes except wood


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