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TYPES OF LEAVES

Leaves can be divided into two types:

  • Simple leaf

  • Compound leaf

1. SIMPLE LEAF
  • In a Simple Leaf, either the incisions are absent or if present, then do not reach the midrib.

  • Axillary bud is present at the axil of petiole.

Vector illustration of a Simple leaf
Simple leaf

2. COMPOUND LEAF
  • In a Compound Leaf, the incisions reaches the midrib and the lamina is divided into a number of leaflets.

  • Axillary bud is present at the axil of petiole but absent at the axil of leaflets.

  • Compound leaf are divided into two types on the basis of arrangement of leaflets:

    • Pinnately Compound: Number of leaflets are present on a common axis called Rachis which represents the midrib of the leaf.

    • Palmately Compound: The leaflets are attached at a common point i.e. at the tip of the petiole.



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