Different Kinds of Leaves?

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Leaves can be categorized in several different ways, such as by edge, shape, or stem.

The edge (also called the leaf's margin) can be smooth, or they can be serrated. Slightly serrated leaves are called single-toothed, and leaves with alternating rows of smaller and larger teeth are called double toothed. Leaves with looped edges are called lobed leaves.

The shape of a leaf can also be used for categorization. When discussing the shape of a leaf, we are referring to the broad part of the leaf called the blade or lamina. The blade can be cordate (triangular with a broad base and narrow tip), ovate (similar to cordate, but ended in a rounded shape rather than a point), elliptic, acicular (needle shaped, such as on firs), and hastate (similar to lobed leaves, but ending in a point).

Leaves can also be classified by how they attach to a stem. Simple leaves look like what people generally expect when they think about leaves on a tree—a single leaf individually attached to the stem, with an individual vein structure. Compound leaves, on the other hand, are composed of many identical leaflets that attach either in an alternating (with leaves occurring at varying places along the stem) or opposite (occurring in pairs along the stem) arrangements.

These are a few examples of the ways that leaves can be categorized, and there are other types of shapes, edges, and stem arrangements that can be used to describe leaves.
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