Valvidistemon globiferus E.M.Friis, P.R.Crane, K.R.Pedersen, M.M.Mendes et J.Kvaček

Plant Fossil Names Registry Number: PFN002795


Authors: E. M. Friis, P. R. Crane, K. R. Pedersen, M. M. Mendes & J. Kvaček

Rank: species

Genus: Valvidistemon E.M.Friis, P.R.Crane, K.R.Pedersen, M.M.Mendes et J.Kvaček

Reference: Friis, E. M., Crane, P. R., Pedersen, K. R., Mendes, M. M. & Kvaček, J. (2022): The Early Cretaceous mesofossil flora of Catefica, Portugal: angiosperms. – Fossil Imprint 78(2): 341–424.

Page of description: 379

Illustrations or figures: text-fig. 27a–d

Name is type for

Valvidistemon E.M.Friis, P.R.Crane, K.R.Pedersen, M.M.Mendes et J.Kvaček 2022


Holotype S107779, Palaeobotanical Collections, Department of Palaeobiology, the Swedish Museum of Natural History, Stockholm, Sweden
Figures: text-fig. 27a–d

Note: Holotype from sample Catefica 49.

Original diagnosis/description

Stamen small with a poorly differentiated base. Anther tetrasporangiate, dithecate. Dehiscence valvate by two laterally hinged vales over each theca. Connective between thecae massive. Apical extension of the connective prominent, only slightly shorter than the anther, globose, overhanging the thecae. Pollen small, semitectate-reticulate.


From Latin in Greek combinations globifer, with spherical organ.


Cretaceous, Lower Cretaceous
Almargem Formation, Early Cretaceous (Aptian-early Albian)


Catefica (39° 03ʹ 30ʺ N; 09°14ʹ 30ʺ W), between the villages of Catefica and Mugideira, about 4 km south of Torres Vedras.

Plant fossil remain

macro- and meso-fossils-embryophytes except wood


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