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

Plant Fossil Names Registry Number: PFN002026


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 for

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


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


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


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


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