Cooksonia barrandei Libertín, J.Kvaček, Bek, Žárský et Štorch

Plant Fossil Names Registry Number: PFN000006


Authors: M. Libertín, J. Kvaček, J. Bek, V. Žárský & P. Štorch

Rank: species


Reference: Libertín, M., Kvaček, J., Bek, J., Žárský, V. & Štorch, P. (2018): Sporophytes of polysporangiate land plants from the early Silurian period may have been photosynthetically autonomous. – Nature Plants 4: 269–271.

Page of description: 269

Illustrations or figures: 1


Original protologue

Axes are robust, smooth, dichotomously branched, widening considerably in the terminal part with terminally bearing lentil-shaped sporangia. Subtending axes are broadly funnel shaped, with a prominent rim that slightly exceeds the width of the subtending axis. In situ spores are trilete, circular and crassitate, with a microgranulate sculpture, of the Aneurospora type.


Silurian, Wenlock, Motol Formation


Czech Republic

Plant fossil remain

macro- and meso-fossils-embryophytes except wood