Zavada, M. and W. L. Crepet. 1981. Investigations of angiosperms from the Eocene of North America: flowers of the Celtidoideae. American Journal of Botany 68 (7): 924-933.

Abstract: Flowers from the Middle Eocene Claiborne Formation of western Tennessee have both floral and palynological features suggestive of affinities with the subfamily Celtidoideae of the Ulmaceae. Floral size, pollen size, and exine structure suggest that these flowers are intermediate between insect-pollinated ancestors and the modern wind-pollinated Celtidoideae. Thus, they represent the first direct fossil evidence supporting the widespread notion that at least some of the Amertiferae have been derived from insect-pollinated ancestors.

FOSSIL PHOTOS

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Eoceltis dilcheri
Actual width in ( ) unless otherwise noted.

Two flowers
(image= 1.6 cm)
Tepals with long trichomes
(image 4 mm)
Stamens
(image= 4.8 mm)
Pollen grain
(43 ┬Ám)