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

Plant Fossil Names Registry Number: PFN002026

Act LSID: urn:lsid:plantfossilnames.org:act:2026

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

Rank: species

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

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

Illustrations or figures: figs 1–3

Name is type taxon for

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

Types

Original protologue

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.

Etymology

From lat. lacunus (hollow), refers to the septal slits in the carpel flanks.

Stratigraphy

Cretaceous, Lower Cretaceous, Albian
Potomac Group, basal part of subzone IIB (Early to Middle Albian)

Locality

United States
Sample 082, Puddledock locality, Tarmac Lone Star Industries sand and gravel pit, located south of Richmond and east of the Appomattox River in Prince George County, Virginia.

Plant fossil remain

macro- and meso-fossils-embryophytes except wood