Fossil- Tripartite leaf

Systematic - Paleontology

Reign: Plantae
Phylum / Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order : Malvales
Family: Sterculiaceae
Scientific name: Sterculia prisca Massalongo

Geological age

Geochronology (Chronostratigraphy)

Eon (Eontema): Phanerozoic
Era (Eratema): Cenozoic
Period (System): Paleogene
Epoca (Serie): Eocene
Other chronological subdivisions: Middle Eocene


Leaf belonging to the Sterculiaceae family, including woody and herbaceous plants, typical of tropical regions. They are distinguished by the large leaves, similar to those of the chestnut tree.


Continent / Subcontinent: Europe
State: Italy
Region: Veneto
Province: Verona
Municipality: Vestenanuova
Place: Bolca

Università degli Studi di Padova, Museo di Geologia e Paleontologia

Item code: 20V


  • Giusberti L., Roghi G, Fornasiero M., Simonetto L. (2014) - Le flore del Paleogene dell'Italia Settentrionale, in Palaeobotany in Italy - La Paleobotanica in Italia. pp. 206-231.