Lepidostrobus represents the fruiting bodies or cones of the Lepidodendron tree . Lepidodendron cones are almost always found individually, indicating they were attached individually to the tree rather than in clusters. This specimen is shown approximately actual size.


Occuring on the same slab with this specimen was a branch termination called Lepidophylloides, which bears strong resemblence to foliage of a modern evergreen.


Rock Type: Gray shale
Formation: Kanawha
Interval: Coalburg seam
Age: Middle Pennsylvanian Period, approx. 307 million years.


Location: Nicholas County, West Virginia; Ramp Run Surface Mine #1, located about 12 miles north of Summersville, West Virginia. Turn west off route 19 north of Summersville onto Spruce Run Road. Follow it out the ridge about 7 miles.