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When trying to identify or describe plants, it's helpful to be able to give specific details about the leaves. I know some of the basic shapes, but would like to learn what to call the different parts.

I'm hoping for a comprehensive description of each feature, including common and botanical terminology. Illustrations or links to pictures would be great too!

  • Might be a question for biology though this is also studied in horticulture – Graham Chiu Jun 1 '16 at 4:07
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leaf layers

diagram

leaves

leaves

leaves

Hope this is what you were looking for. These pictures are all from the site of the Colorado Master Gardener Program. (There's much more extensive information there than I can copy here.) They have more diagrams, and the explanation are very good. You can also print them out:

http://www.cmg.colostate.edu/GardenNotesUpdate.shtml

This one gives definitions using examples of different leaves:

http://www.robinsonlibrary.com/science/botany/anatomy/leafparts.htm

This one is cute. You can test yourself after each section to see if you really get it:

http://www.botanical-online.com/lahojaangles.htm

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  • Thanks Diane! This is truly excellent, what I was looking for and more. I'm sure all this work you've done will help a lot of people! – Sue Saddest Farewell TGO GL Jun 2 '16 at 1:23
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    Sue- I'm glad! I can never remember all of the names, so I saved this post to myself. Figured it would be easier with the the diagrams in one place than having to look it up all the time. – Diane Jun 2 '16 at 13:53
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I think this question is too generic, so I'll give you a generic answer:

check https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leaf : it is very precise on terminology.

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