Psilophyton goldschmidtii T.Halle

Plant Fossil Names Registry Number: PFN000230


Author: T. G. Halle

Rank: species

Original spelling: Goldschmidtii

Reference: Halle, T. G. (1916): Lower Devonian plants from Röragen in Norway. – Kungliga Svenska Vetenskapsakademiens Handlingar 57(1): 1–46 + 4 pls.

Page of description: 21

Illustrations or figures: text-fig. 2


Holotype n/n
Figures: text-fig. 2

Note: Although the specimen is not explicitly called (holo)type by Halle (1916), it is clearly the specimen on which the species was based and no other specimen is assigned to this new species with certainty by Halle (1916).

Specimen previously figured by Nathorst (1913: pl. 3, fig. 3).
Nathorst, A. G. (1913): Die Pflanzenreste der Röragen-Ablagerung. Vorläufige Bemerkungen (pp. 25–27, pls III–V) in Goldschmidt, V. M.: Das Devongebiet am Röragen bei Röros. - Skrifter utgit av Videnskapsselskapet i Kristinia 1913, I. Matematisk-naturvidenskabelig Klasse, B. 2, Nr. 9, pp. 1–27, pls I–V.

Original diagnosis/description

Branch-system consisting of a well developed, probably sympodially formed main axis and lateral branches. Lateral branches dividihg dichotomously at a short distance from the axis and again repeatedly bifurcating under rather wide angles, probably in one plane, their whole system of ramifications having a spreading habit. Main axis and sometimes the basal part of the branches bearing narrowly conical to subulate spines up to 4 mm. long.


Devonian, Lower Devonian


sandstones and slates at Röragen

Plant fossil remain

macro- and meso-fossils-embryophytes except wood


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