Chloranthus-like stamens from the Upper Cretaceous of New Jersey

P. S. Herendeen, W. L. Crepet, K. C. Nixon

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Fossil angiospermous stamens with in situ pollen from the Turonian of New Jersey are described and assigned to the Chloranthaceae. The fossil stamens, which are three-parted and bear two bisporangiate thecae on the central lobe and one bisporangiate theca on each lateral lobe, are indistinguishable from stamens of several extant species of Chloranthus. Uncertainty as to whether the three-parted stamen represents a synapomorphy for the genus or a retained plesiomorphy in angiosperms is the primary reason why these fossil stamens are not assigned to the extant genus Chloranthus. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)865-871
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of Botany
Issue number8
StatePublished - Jan 1 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Genetics
  • Plant Science


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