Mitocarpus Leng, Schönenb. et E.M.Friis

Plant Fossil Names Registry Number: PFN002827


Authors: Q. Leng, J. Schönenberger & E. M. Friis

Rank: genus

Reference: Leng, Q., Schönenberger, J. & Friis, E. M. (2005): Late Cretaceous follicular fruits from southern Sweden with systematic affinities to early diverging eudicots. – Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 148(4): 377–407.

Page of description: 388


Mitocarpus elegans Leng, Schönenb. et E.M.Friis

Original diagnosis/description

Infructescence consisting of a main axis bearing helically arranged lateral subunits. Subunit composed of a pair of follicles supported by a cupshaped median bract, a pair of prophylls and a linear organ in a median abaxial position. Paired follicles with separate bases. Individual follicles narrowly obovoid and astipitate with rounded apex, and almost parallel ventral and dorsal margins. Ventral slit of paired follicles facing infructescence axis, extending for the full length of the follicle and over the topological apex ending in a small beak on the abaxial side. Position of stigma uncertain. Follicle surface smooth to rugulate. Follicle wall served by two lateral bundles.


From Greek referring to the distinct apical beak of the follicle.

Plant fossil remain

macro- and meso-fossils-embryophytes except wood

Names associated with genus

Mitocarpus elegans Leng, Schönenb. et E.M.Friis 2005


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