Saportanthus parvus E.M.Friis, P.R.Crane et K.R.Pedersen

Plant Fossil Names Registry Number: PFN002008


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

Rank: species

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

Reference: Friis, E. M., Crane, P. R. & Pedersen, K. R. (2017): Saportanthus, an extinct genus of Laurales from the Early Cretaceous of Portugal. – International Journal of Plant Sciences 178(8): 650–672.

Page of description: 659

Illustrations or figures: figs 11–13


Holotype S174301, Palaeobotanical Collections, Department of Palaeobiology, the Swedish Museum of Natural History, Stockholm, Sweden
Figures: figs 11A, 12A, C–F

Note: Holotype from the sample Catefica 242.

Paratypes: S100757, S100758, S107752–S107755, S107775–S107777, S174318–S174320, S174785, S174829–S174831 (sample Catefica 49), S170434, S170435, S174832 (sample Catefica 50), S174315–S174317 (sample Catefica 152), S101292, S101293 (sample Catefica 154), S174301, S174833 (sample Catefica 242), S122088 (sample Catefica 342), S174356 (sampleCatefica360),S174321,S174322,S174834,S174835(sample Catefica 361).

Original diagnosis/description

Tepals six to eight, broadly ovate with rounded apices Stamens five to seven, 0.5 mm long and about two times longer than wide. Pollen dicolpate? Ovary unicarpellate. Carpel wall thick. Upper part of ovary wall with short trichomes. Floral tissue with oil cells.


From the small size of the flowers (Latin parvus [small]).


Cretaceous, Lower Cretaceous
Almargem Formation (late Barremian-early Albian)


Catefica (39°03′30″N, 09°14′30″W), between the villages of Catefica and Mugideira, about 4 km south of Torres Vedras, Portugal.

Plant fossil remain

macro- and meso-fossils-embryophytes except wood


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