A new record of the genus Caryanthus from the Cretaceous of South Bohemia (Czech Republic)

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2012
Authors:Z. Heřmanová, Kvaček J.
Journal:Acta Musei Nationalis Pragae/Series B – Historia Naturalis
Start Page:47
Type of Article:http://www.nm.cz/publikace/publikace-detail.php?id=1
Keywords:Caryanthus, Cretaceous, fossil flowers, Normapolles complex

An inflorescence / infructescence of Caryanthus sp., a member of the Normapolles complex, is described from the clay pit at Zliv-Řídká Blana (Klikov Formation, Upper Cretaceous) South Bohemia (Czech Republic). It represents the first more complete specimen of Caryanthus showing the arrangement of flowers / fruits and thus allowing for a more precise interpretation of the genus. In the arrangement of flowers / fruits it is similar to the Cretaceous genus Budvaricarpus and to a minor degree also to Endressianthus, Normanthus and to the extant genus Rhoiptelea. The similarity of these genera provides additional support for the interpretation of Caryanthus as belonging to the juglandoid clade in the order Fagales.

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