Cohongarootonia hispida Balthazar, P.R.Crane, K.R.Pedersen et E.M.Friis

Plant Fossil Names Registry Number: PFN002010


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

Rank: species

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

Reference: von Balthazar, M., Crane, P. R., Pedersen, K. R. & Friis, E. M. (2011): New flowers of Laurales from the Early Cretaceous (Early to Middle Albian) of eastern North America. in Wanntorp, L., Ronse De Craene, L. P. (eds): Flowers on the Tree of Life. Cambridge University Press: 49–87.

Page of description: 54

Illustrations or figures: figs 3.2–3.4, 3.6B

Name is type for

Cohongarootonia Balthazar, P.R.Crane, K.R.Pedersen et E.M.Friis 2011


Original diagnosis/description

Flower small, bisexual and actinomorphic , subtended by a bract. Perianth of six free tepals arranged in two alternating trimerous whorls. Organs of the outer perianth whorl broader than those of inner whorl and enclosing all inner floral organs. Long trichomes are present on the adaxial and abaxial surfaces of all tepals and oil cells are present in all tepals. Androecium of six stamens, followed by six staminodes, arranged in four alternating trimerous whorls. Stamens with distinct filaments; anthers basifixed without distinct joint between anther and filament. Anthers apparently disporangiate, dehiscing by two apically hinged flaps. Trichomes present on filaments; oil cells are present in filaments and anthers. Staminodes with short paired lateral appendages, adnate to the base of the filaments; appendages spade-shaped. Gynoecium of one superior, unilocular carpel containing a single pendant ovule. Trichomes present on style and ovary.


Latin hispidus for hairy and rough, referring to the trichomes present on all organs.


Cretaceous, Lower Cretaceous, Albian
Patapsco Formation, Potomac Group (Basal part of Subzone IIB, Early-Middle Albian)


United States
Puddledock locality, Tarmac Lone Star Industries sand and gravel pit, located south of Richmond and east of Appomattox River in Prince George County, Virginia

Plant fossil remain

macro- and meso-fossils-embryophytes except wood


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