Esgueiria E.M.Friis, K.R.Pedersen et P.R.Crane

Plant Fossil Names Registry Number: PFN002875


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

Rank: genus

Reference: Friis, E. M., Pedersen, K. R. & Crane, P. R. (1992): Esgueiria gen. nov., fossil flowers with combretaceous features from the Late Cretaceous of Portugal. – Biologiske Skrifter 41: 1–45., link

Page of description: 8


Esgueiria adenocarpa E.M.Friis, K.R.Pedersen et P.R.Crane

Original diagnosis/description

Flowers crowded in dense inflorescences, small, pedicellate, epigynous and perfect. Perianth pentamerous; androecium basically pentamerous; gynoecium trimerous. Calyx with five free, imbricate sepals. Corolla of five free petals with contorted aestivation in the bud. Androecium with stamens in two whorls; anthers bithecate, tetrasporangiate, dorsifixed; pollen tricolporate or tricolpate, tectate. Ovary unilocular with several ovules pendant from the apex; styles three, free; fruit unilocular with a single seed. Indumentum of simple stiff hairs and multicellular, peltate glands.


From the village of Esgueira where the flowers occur abundantly in Cretaceous sediments.

Plant fossil remain

macro- and meso-fossils-embryophytes except wood

Names associated with genus

Esgueiria adenocarpa E.M.Friis, K.R.Pedersen et P.R.Crane 1992

Esgueiria miraensis E.M.Friis, K.R.Pedersen et P.R.Crane 1992


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