Lepidodendron aculeatum

This is a variation of the bark pattern lepidodendron aculeatum, occurring higher on the trunk than the previous specimen. This bark pattern occurs mid-trunk on the Lepidodendron tree.

Rock Type: Sandstone; fine-grained
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 about 7 miles. It is now mostly reclaimed, but there is still some good collecting along the exposed rock rip-rap outslope of the sediment ditch along Buffalo Creek.