Jurassic Araucaria moreauniana Flower Fossil
Araucaria moreauniana (fossil flower)
Pinopsida; Order: Pinales; Family: Araucariaceae
mm = 1 inch): Matrix - 103mm X 103mm; Flower - 26mm X 27mm
Malm zeta 2, Eichstadt, Germany
is an extremely rare Araucaria fossil flower. There have been only
a few of these found from this famous German locality.
called the Northfolk Island Pine, Araucaria was a pyramidal tree
possibly growing 30-40 meters tall, 1.5 meters in girth with a lifespan
possibly exceeding 1000 years Extant versions have branches in horizontal
whorls of five, in opposing pairs. Some consider it the most beautiful
to have ever existed on earth.
middle picture above shows a branch of the extant Araucaria columnaris.
fossil pictures to enlarge