Malliocarpus batrachoides Leng, Schönenb. et E.M.Friis

Plant Fossil Names Registry Number: PFN002830


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

Rank: species

Genus: Malliocarpus Leng, Schönenb. et E.M.Friis

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: 390

Illustrations or figures: figs 64–76

Name is type for

Malliocarpus Leng, Schönenb. et E.M.Friis 2005


Original diagnosis/description

Infructescence consisting of a main axis bearing helically arranged lateral subunits. Subunits composed of a median bract and two lateral prophylls supporting a single follicle. Follicle ovate, probably astipitate, with a convex dorsal and a slightly convex ventral side. Ventral slit facing the infructescence axis, apparently along the entire length of the follicle and extending over the topological apex to the abaxial side, where the stigma is located. Stigma indistinct, double crested, with smooth, glabrous surface. Follicle surface wrinkled. Follicle wall thick. Surface of infructescence and follicle covered by dense indumentum of uniseriate trichomes


From Greek referring to the toad-like shape of the follicle.


Cretaceous, Upper Cretaceous
Late Santonian–Early Campanian


Höganäs AB quarry at Åsen, Scania

Plant fossil remain

macro- and meso-fossils-embryophytes except wood


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