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Flower, Leaf and Plant Forms

Illustrations II

When speaking of plants it is always helpful to use a standardized set of descriptions to aid identification.  The following illustrations and terms will help you to better identify the plants that you may be looking for or have questions about.

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Terms used above:

  • Leaf Shapes -- Spatulate, Deltoid, Reniform, Ovate, Obovate, Elliptic, Lanceolate, Oblanceolate, Oblong, Linear, Awl-like, Needle-like, Scale-like
  • Leaf Margins -- Sinuate, Crenate, Dentate, Serrate, Doubly Serrate, Incised, Lobed, Cleft
  • Leaf Arrangements and Structures -- Simple, Palmate, Compound Bipinnate, Alternate, Opposite, Whorled

Source:   Tropical Gardening

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Last updated 06/03/08