Lepidodendron branches

Lepidodendron trees branched dichotomously, dividing repeatedly into progressively smaller forked branches. Radiating from the braches were spindle-shaped leaves called lepidophylloides.

Rock Type: Gray shale
Formation: Kanawha
Interval: Hernshaw seam
Age: Middle Pennsylvanian Period, approx. 311 million years.

Location: Mingo County, West Virginia; Jude Branch Surface Mine #1 haulroad, located about 1 mile south of Breeden, West Virginia.