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Cladophlebis is an extinct genus of fern which grew during the late Paleozoic and Mesozoic eras (299 to 72 million years ago).[1] It was a common plant during that time in both the northern and southern hemispheres, and belonged to the order of plants called Filicales.

Temporal range: Permian to Campanian
~279–70 Ma
Cladophlebis nebbensis - National Museum of Nature and Science, Tokyo - DSC07005.JPG
Cladophlebis nebbensis
Scientific classification

Brongniart 1849

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Cladophlebis retallackii from the Late Triassic, Langloh Coal measures at Merrywood Colliery, south of Fingal Tasmania in the Peter Rubenach Museum, St Marys, Tasmania[2]


There were many species of Cladophlebis, including: C. akhtashensis, C. arctica, C. browniana, C. denticulata, C. dunberi, C. haiburnensis, C. heterophylla, C. hirta, C. impressa, C. kurtzi, C. lobifolia, C. nebbensis, C. patagonica, C. phlebopteris, C. porsildi, C. readi, C. remota, C. retallackii, C. roessertii, C. septentrionalis, C. simplicima, C. spectabilis, C. tenuis, C. wyomingensis, and C. yanschinii.


Fossils of Cladophlebis have been found in many locations around the world, among others in the Valle Alto Formation of Caldas and the Caballos Formation of Tolima, Colombia,[3] and the Winton Formation, Eromanga Basin, Queensland, Australia.[4]


  1. ^ Cladophlebis at
  2. ^ Holmes, W.B.K. (2001). "The Middle Triassic megafossil flora of the Basin Creek Formation, Nymboida Coal Measures, New South Wales. Part 2.Filicophyta". Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales. 123: 39–87.
  3. ^ Monje et al., 2016, p.38
  4. ^ McLoughlin et al., 1995


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