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Journal of Plant Research

, Volume 114, Issue 4, pp 429–434 | Cite as

Lauraceous Fossil Flower from the Kamikitaba Locality (Lower Coniacian; Upper Cretaceous) in Northeastern Japan

  • Masamichi Takahashi
  • Patrick S Herendeen
  • Peter R Crane

Lauranthus futabensis

, gen. et sp. nov. is assigned to the Lauraceae based on the regular trimerous organization of the perianth and androecium, and the valvate anthers. It provides the first detailed report of lauraceous flowers from the Cretaceous of Asia and adds significantly to our knowledge of the geographic distribution of Cretaceous Lauraceae and their systematic and structural diversity.

Keywords: Asamigawa Member, Coniacian, Cretaceous, Fossil flower, Futaba Group, Japan, Kamikitaba Assemblage, Lauraceae, Mesofossils 

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© The Botanical Society of Japan 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • Masamichi Takahashi
    • 1
  • Patrick S Herendeen
    • 2
  • Peter R Crane
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Science, Niigata University, Ikarashi, Niigata City, 950–2181 JapanJP
  2. 2.Department of Biological Sciences, The George Washington University, 2023 G Street NW, Washington, DC, 20052 U.S.A.US
  3. 3.Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 3AB, U.K. GB

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