12.2" Petrified Palm (Palmoxylon) - Saudi Arabia

This is a beautiful, 12.2" petrified palm (Palmoxylon) wood slab from Hanidh, Saudi Arabia. Because it is palmwood it has an impressive pattern of vascular structures. It is polished to a mirror finish on one side to highlight this pattern.

Comes with an acrylic stand.

This comes out out of an old collection of petrified wood we recently purchased that includes a lot of pieces from unusual and/or no longer accessible locations. Keep an eye out for more rare pieces coming in the future.

Petrified wood is the name given to wood that has been turned into stone (fossilized) through the process of permineralization. In this process, all of the organic matter becomes replaced by minerals, while much of the original structure, such as tree rings, is retained. For this to happen, the wood needs to be buried in an environment low in oxygen to prevent decomposition and with flowing, mineral-laden water, so minerals may replace structures. The coloration is caused by various minerals that present in that water during fossilization. For example, red colors are due to iron compounds, greens due to copper, and so on.

Palmoxylon sp.
Hanidh, Saudi Arabia
12.2 x 5.6 x .7"
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