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

Plant Fossil Names Registry Number: PFN002025


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

Rank: genus

Reference: von Balthazar, M., Pedersen, K. R., Crane, P. R. & Friis, E. M. (2008): Carpestella lacunata gen. et sp. nov., a new basal angiosperm flower from the Early Cretaceous (Early to Middle Albian) of eastern North America. – International Journal of Plant Sciences 169(7): 890–898., link

Page of description: 891


Carpestella lacunata Balthazar, K.R.Pedersen, P.R.Crane et E.M.Friis

Original diagnosis/description

Flower small and actinomorphic. Two types of scars present outside the gynoecium. Basalmost scars large and oval, ~15 in spiral arrangement. Distal scars small and quadrangular, ~60 in spiral arrangement. Gynoecium syncarpous, composed of 13 carpels arranged radially around a central column. Ovary partly inferior. Carpel flanks united in the center and free at the periphery forming septal slits.


From lat. carpellum, pl. carpella (carpel, carpels), and lat. stella-ae f. (star), refers to the star-shaped arrangement of the carpels.

Plant fossil remain

macro- and meso-fossils-embryophytes except wood

Names associated with genus

Carpestella lacunata Balthazar, K.R.Pedersen, P.R.Crane et E.M.Friis 2008


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