Podocarpospermum podocarpoides A.K.Ghosh, R.Kar, R.Chatterjee, A.Chakr. et J.Banerji

Plant Fossil Names Registry Number: PFN000521

Act LSID: urn:lsid:plantfossilnames.org:act:521

Authors: A. K. Ghosh, R. Kar, R. Chatterjee, A. Chakraborty & J. Banerji

Rank: species

Reference: Ghosh, A. K., Kar, R., Chatterjee, R., Chakraborty, A. & Banerji, J. (2018): Two new conifers from the Early Cretaceous of the Rajmahal Basin, India: implications on palaeoecology and palaeogeography. – Ameghiniana 55(4): 437–450.

Page of description: 442

Illustrations or figures: figs 4.7–11, 5.1–6


Holotype BSIP Slide 13282, Birbal Sahni Institute of Palaeosciences, Lucknow, India
Figures: fig. 4.7, 11

Note: paratypes: BSIP 39316, 39318, 39320, 39321, 39322; BSIP Slides 13283, 13286, 13287

Original diagnosis/description

Dispersed ovules/seeds, attachment unknown; fertile scale (epimatium) completely enclosing ovule/seed except for micropyle, consisting of flaccid parenchymatous tissue. Ovule integument/seed coat consisting of three layers: outer thick sarcotesta comprising sclerenchymatous cells; middle sclerotesta thin, consisting of hard stony cells; inner endotesta thin. Micropylar canal elongate, micropylar opening distinctly visible in places; megasporangium/nucellus fused with integument perhaps from base up to micropylar canal, fused at base to form a nucellar pad.


The species name is after the family Podocarpaceae.


Cretaceous, Lower Cretaceous
Rajmahal Formation, Early Cretaceous (Barremian-Aptian)


Hiranduba, Rajmahal Basin, Jharkhand

Plant fossil remain

macro- and meso-fossils-embryophytes except wood


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