C is for…….

A group of about 70 plants both extant (surviving to this day) and extinct. They have a microfossil (very small fossils, in this case pollen) record dating back to the Hauterivian period of the lower Cretaceous (about 130 million years ago). Scientists have found it difficult to place them in a family with any of the other flowering plants and believe them to be a sister group to some of the earliest evolving flowering plants. We have 2 species in the fossil garden Chloranthus japonica and C. Oldhamii.