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

Plant Fossil Names Registry Number: PFN002036


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

Rank: species

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

Reference: Pedersen, K. R., von Balthazar, M., Crane, P. R. & Friis, E. M. (2007): Early Cretaceous floral structures and in situ tricolpate-striate pollen: New early eudicots from Portugal. – Grana 46(3): 176–196.

Page of description: 186

Illustrations or figures: fig. 8

Name is type for

Valecarpus K.R.Pedersen, Balthazar, P.R.Crane et E.M.Friis 2007


Holotype S122094, Palaeobotanical Collections, Department of Palaeobiology, the Swedish Museum of Natural History, Stockholm, Sweden
Figures: fig. 8

Note: Holotype from the sample Vale de Agua 19.

Original diagnosis/description

Gynoecium tricarpellate, syncarpous and hypogynous, borne on a short stalk. Carpels united for most of their length. Ovary distinctly triangular in cross-section. Stigma sessile, double-crested, papillate, and secretory restricted to the distal parts of the three ventral slits; papillae short and rounded.
Stigmatic regions along the upper third of the apical suture. Gynoecium wall glabrous.


Referring to the stalked gynoecium.


Cretaceous, Lower Cretaceous
"Complexos gresosos de Nazaré e de Cós-Juncal" – basal part (Famalicão Member) of the Figueira da Foz Formation (late Aptian or early Albian)


Clay pit complex near the village of Vale de Agua, western Portugal (39°37′15″N, 8°51′30″W)

Plant fossil remain

macro- and meso-fossils-embryophytes except wood


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