Morphology of the Leaf

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         Introduction to Plant Leaves


·         A leaf is a plant organ that is found above the ground and is specialized for photosynthesis
·         The leaf is typically flat and thin
·         Functions of the leaf

§  Provides for transpiration and guttation

§  Storage of food and water
·         The leaf consists of a petiole, a lamina (or the leaf blade), and stipules
§  Petiole
§  Attaches the leaf to the stem
§  Some leaves are directly attached to the stem without a petiole
§  The lamina
§  Is flat and offers surface for trapping sunlight for photosynthesis


 Close-up Photography of Rubber Plant
References
Evans, W. C. (2009). Trease and Evans Pharmacognosy. India: Reed Elsevier Limited.
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