Most flowers have a short but luxurious life. One particular flower has been preserved in Burmese amber for millions of years. A team led by researchers from Oregon State University shared the discovery of the new flower, and the bloom remains stunning as there was no doubt that it was stuck in time.
“It’s not quite a Christmas flower, but it is a beauty, especially given that it was part of a forest that existed 100 million years ago,” Amber, a professor emeritus at OSU, said in a statement this week Expert George Poiner Jr. said. .
Poinar is the lead author of a paper on flowers published this month in the Journal of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas.
What we are seeing is the closest part of a very small flower, which measures a fraction of an inch (2 millimeters). The stamens – the part of a male flower that produces pollen – is preserved in a spinning spiral pattern.
The research team named the flower, which is a new genus and species, Velvilocollus pleristaminis.
“Vulva is the Latin word for leaf on a folding door, locales meaning canes, plerus refers to many, and staminis refers to dozens of male sexual organs of the flower,” OSU explained.
The flower gives scientists a glimpse into the long vegetative past. They suspect that the lone male flower was part of a cluster on a plant that may also contain female flowers. “Despite being so small, the rest of the expansion is still amazing,” Poiner said.
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