Cordaites

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  (Redirected from Cordaites lungatus)
Jump to: navigation, search
For the explosive, see Cordite.
Cordaites
Temporal range: Late Carboniferous
Cordaites lungatus JdP.jpg
Cordaites lungatus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Coniferophyta
Class: Pinopsida
Order: Cordaitales
Family: Cordaitaceae
Genus: Cordaites
Species
  • C. ludlowi
  • C. lungatus
  • C. principalis
  • C. hislopii

Cordaites is an important genus of extinct gymnosperms which grew on wet ground similar to the Everglades in Florida. Brackish water mussels and crustacea are found frequently between the roots of these trees. The fossils are found in rock sections from the Upper Carboniferous (323 to 299 million years ago) of the Dutch - Belgian - German coal area. A number of many noteworthy types from this line are:

In contrast to many other plant varieties, Cordaites seeds are not rare, because they are rather large (up to 10 mm); those seeds are named Cordaicarpus.

References[edit]

External links[edit]