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

Plant Fossil Names Registry Number: PFN000905


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

Rank: species

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

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

Illustrations or figures: text-figs 3a–e, 4a–c

Name is type for

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


Holotype PP53796, Paleobotanical Collections, Department of Geology, The Field Museum, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Figures: text-figs 3a–e, 4a–c

Note: Holotype from Puddledock sample 082.

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.


From the slender, elegant shape of the fossil.


Cretaceous, Lower Cretaceous, Albian
Basal part of Subzone IIB, Potomac Group; Early Cretaceous (early to middle Albian)


United States
Puddledock, former Tarmac Lone Star Industries (Vulcan Materials) sand and gravel pit, located south of Richmond and east of the Appomattox River in Prince George County, Virginia (37° 15′ 52″ N, 77° 22′ 10″ W).

Plant fossil remain

macro- and meso-fossils-embryophytes except wood


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