Lepidodendron (also known as the "Scale tree") was a large, spore-bearing, tree-like plant related to the club mosses. It lived during the Carboniferous period and was part of the forest flora of the time along with its relative Sigillaria.

Lepidodendron grew over 30 metres (100 ft) high and its trunk was often over 1 m (3.3 ft) in diameter. Lepidodendron had tall, thick trunks that rarely branched and were topped with a crown of bifurcating branches bearing clusters of leaves. These leaves were long and narrow, similar to large blades of grass, and were spirally-arranged.

  • Fossil of Lepidodendron
  • Fossil of Lepidodendron
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