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Sigillaria

Naturalis Biodiversity Center

Naturalis Biodiversity Center

This is the fossil of an extinct plant which could grow to 30-40 metres. It grew in the coal marshes which covered large parts of Europe around 320 million years ago. Nowadays, we would find the Sigillaria a strange tree: it had no or very few branches and its crown of long slender leaves gave virtually no shade. Under the plume of leaves, there were spore-bearing whorls. A typical feature of Sigillaria is the bark with vertical rows of leaf scars. Ribs are usually found between these rows

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