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

Plant Fossil Names Registry Number: PFN000904


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

Rank: genus

Reference: Friis, E. M., Crane, P. R. & Pedersen, K. R. (2020): Multiparted, apocarpous flowers from the Early Cretaceous of eastern North America and Portugal. – Fossil Imprint 76(2): 279–296.

Page of description: 283


Lambertiflora elegans E.M.Friis, P.R.Crane et K.R.Pedersen

Original diagnosis/description

Flower structurally bisexual, with multiparted perianth, androecium and gynoecium. Floral receptacle conical, elongate. Perianth of about 30 tepals spirally arranged in several series. Tepals all sepaloid and free from each other, narrowly elongate with rhomboidal bases. Androecium of several free stamens, apparently spirally arranged in at least two series. Gynoecium apocarpous, of many free carpels borne on the conical receptacle; ovary superior. Large, secretory cells in all floral tissues.


In honour of Rachel Lambert Mellon (1910 – 2014) for her strong engagement and support of plants and environment in Virginia where the fossil was collected.

Plant fossil remain

macro- and meso-fossils-embryophytes except wood

Names associated with genus

Lambertiflora elegans E.M.Friis, P.R.Crane et K.R.Pedersen 2020


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