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†Cordaitaceae

Cordaitales
Cordaitales
are an extinct order of woody plants that may have been early conifers, or which may have given rise to the conifers (Pinophyta), ginkgos (Ginkgophyta) and cycads (Cycadophyta). They had cone-like reproductive structures reminiscent of those of modern conifers. The Cordaitales
Cordaitales
appeared during the Carboniferous
Carboniferous
Period forming large trees that seem to have been particularly abundant on drier ground, in tropical environments. Also, some tall trees but also shrubby and mangrove-like species of Cordaitales
Cordaitales
seem to have grown in the Carboniferous
Carboniferous
coal swamps. Cordaitales
Cordaitales
were also abundant during the Permian, but became less important during the Triassic
Triassic
and died out during the time of the end- Triassic
Triassic
mass extinction. Many Cordiatales had elongated strap-like leaves, resembling some modern-day conifers of the Araucariaceae
Araucariaceae
and Podocarpaceae. Common genera from the Carboniferous
Carboniferous
include Mesoxylon and Cordaixylon.Other genera are Noeggerathiopsis and Sumaropsis. References[edit]

Taxon identifiers

Wd: Q422417 EoL: 2496673 Fossilworks: 125749 ITIS: 18026

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