Kowieria Gess et Prestianni

Plant Fossil Names Registry Number: PFN000287

Act LSID: urn:lsid:plantfossilnames.org:act:287

Authors: R. W. Gess & C. Prestianni

Rank: genus

Reference: Gess, R. W. & Prestianni, C. (2018): Kowieria alveoformis gen. nov. sp. nov., a new heterosporous lycophyte from the Latest Devonian of Southern Africa. – Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology 249: 1–8.

Page of description: 2


Kowieria alveoformis Gess et Prestianni

Original diagnosis/description

Lycopodiaceous plant, only known from terminal axes. Vegetative axeswith spirally arrangedmicrophylls. Microphyll pedicels forming an angle of 30°–35° with the axis. Microphylls falciform and markedly curved abaxially, between 13–19 mm long and 0.3–0.6 mm wide. Bisporangiate strobilus terminal. Micro- and megasporophylls arranged spirally, form an angle ranging between 60° and 90° with the axis, are up to 20 mm long. Width regular ranging from 0.7 to 1.2mm. One adaxial sporangium borne at base of the sporophyll. Sporangia smooth, between 3.0–4.5 mm long and 1.7–2 mm wide. Megasporangium located proximally within cone, microsporangia located distally. Up to four megaspores per megasporangia. Megaspores hologulate and heavily ornamented, main body between 580 and 720 μm in diameter, gula approximately 200 μm high, ornaments are 150–200 μm long spines.


Kowieria from the Kowie River that rises along the ridge on which Waterloo Farm is situated.

Plant fossil remain

macro- and meso-fossils-embryophytes except wood

Names associated with genus

Kowieria alveoformis Gess et Prestianni 2018


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