Vedresia elliptica E.M.Friis, P.R.Crane et K.R.Pedersen

Plant Fossil Names Registry Number: PFN000488


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

Rank: species

Genus: Vedresia 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: 227

Illustrations or figures: Text-fig. 49a–c

Name is type taxon for

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


Holotype S136735, Palaeobotanical Collections, Department of Palaeobiology, the Swedish Museum of Natural History, Stockholm, Sweden
Figures: Text-fig. 49a–c

Note: Holotype is from Torres Vedras sample 43.

Original protologue

Fruit small, elliptical in lateral and transverse views, unilocular and apparently one-seeded without remains of hypanthium or stamen scars. Stigma indistinct, sessile. Pollen broadly elliptical to circular in equatorial outline, monocolpate with a long colpus extending for the full length of the pollen. Colpus margin distinct. Semitectate-reticulate, columellate, heterobrochate Lumina around colpus margin much smaller than lumina over the rest of the grain. Muri smooth without supratectal ornamentation.


From Latin: ellipticus referring to the elliptical shape of the fruit.


Cretaceous, Lower Cretaceous
Lower member of the Almargem Formation; Early Cretaceous (late Barremianearly 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