This lepidodendron branch shows small spindle-shaped leaves radiating from it-- which are known generically as lepidophylloides. On this specimen they are about 1-inch (2.5 cm) long, but leaf needles of over 3 feet (1 meter) in size have been found.


Rock Type: Gray shale
Formation: Allegheny
Interval: 5-Block seam
Age: Middle Pennsylvanian Period, approx. 303 million years.

Location: Wayne County, West Virginia; Rollem Fork Surface Mine #2, located about 8.5 miles west of Atenville, West Virginia. Take Route 68 west for 3 miles, turn left on Route 68 / 1 (Francis Creek Road) and drive approximately 6 miles. Just before Frances Creek empties into Kiah Creek a dirt road branches off to the right up a small hill. Site is 1 mile up this dirt road on the right.