Eckartiopsis parva E.M.Friis, P.R.Crane et K.R.Pedersen

Plant Fossil Names Registry Number: PFN000476


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

Rank: species

Original spelling: Eckhartiopsis parva

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

Reference: Friis, E. M., Crane, P. R. & Pedersen, K. R. (2019): The Early Cretaceous mesofossil flora of Torres Vedras (NE of Forte da Forca), Portugal: a palaeofloristic analysis of an early angiosperm community. – Fossil Imprint 75(2): 153–257.

Page of description: 215

Illustrations or figures: Text-fig. 40a–h

Name is type for

Eckartiopsis E.M.Friis, P.R.Crane et K.R.Pedersen 2019


Holotype S170217, Palaeobotanical Collections, Department of Palaeobiology, the Swedish Museum of Natural History, Stockholm, Sweden
Figures: Text-fig. 40a–h

Note: Holotype is from Torres Vedras sample 39.

Original diagnosis/description

Stamens with long tetrasporangiate and dithecate anthers. Pollen grains small, almost circular in equatorial outline, monocolpate, colpus extending for the full length of the grains. Exine semitectate-reticulate and columellate. Reticulum heterobrochate; heteropolar with coarser reticulum on proximal face than on distal face. Muri smooth with flattened to slightly rounded profiles, supported by long distinct columellae. Colpus margin distinct, microreticulate, lacking psilate regions around the end of the colpus. Colpus membrane granular. Orbicules large, dentate, densely scattered on inner surface of the anther wall.


From Latin: parvus for small referring to small size of the pollen grains.


Cretaceous, Lower Cretaceous
Lower member of the Almargem Formation; Early Cretaceous (late Barremian-early Aptian).


Torres Vedras (NE of Forte de Forca; 39°06′13″ N, 9°14′47″ W).

Plant fossil remain

macro- and meso-fossils-embryophytes except wood



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