Eocene Fossil Florals: Florissantia Pattern

Florissantia is a beautiful flower found in Eocene-Oligocene aged rocks (so, 50ish to 30ish million years ago) in North America. It is sometimes referred to as a Stone Rose, though it's more closely related to chocolate than it is to roses.

Florissantia flower

These flowers are very small in size - only a few centimeters in diameter. It's likely that the flowers are also seeds, in a sense - once pollinated and the seed is developed, the petals of the flowers acted like little parachutes and let the wind carry them off to new destinations. 

In this blue floral pattern I've also included other seeds from the Eocene and Oligocene. Like Cruiptera, a walnut relative that has four-winged fruit. Or Carpolithus, another set of weird walnut relatives. Lots of walnuts in the Eocene I suppose. Not JUST walnuts though, there's also Craigia, a cute little winged fruit that looks someone smashed a butterfly's wings together. It has some living relatives in China and Vietnam. And this little nut from the family Icaninaceae, which include many flowering vines.

 The Eocene was a time of gorgeous wind-blown flowers and, apparently, a lot of walnut relatives. Find this pattern and other fossil florals on all your favorite clothing items and bags!


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