compound leaf


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compound leaf
left: pinnately compound leaf
right: palmately compound leaf

compound leaf

n.
A leaf whose blade is divided into two or more distinct leaflets.

compound leaf

n
(Botany) a leaf consisting of two or more leaflets borne on the same leafstalk

compound leaf

A leaf that is composed of two or more leaflets on a common stalk. Clover, roses, sumac, and walnut trees have compound leaves.
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Noun1.compound leaf - a leaf composed of a number of leaflets on a common stalkcompound leaf - a leaf composed of a number of leaflets on a common stalk
foliage, leaf, leafage - the main organ of photosynthesis and transpiration in higher plants
trifoliolate leaf - having three leaflets
quinquefoliate leaf - a compound leaf having five leaflets
palmate leaf - a leaf resembling an open hand; having lobes radiating from a common point
pinnate leaf - a leaf resembling a feather; having the leaflets on each side of a common axis
decompound leaf - a leaf having divisions that are themselves compound
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Thus, the spines have been interpreted as: (a) as an odd-pinnately compound leaf in which each leaflet is reduced to a spine (Schmidt, 1928); (b) a dual organ in which the central spine would correspond to the lamina, and the lateral ones to the stipules (e.
Bertin holds a compound leaf from a shagbark hickory tree at Cookson Park in Worcester.
They have a pinnately compound leaf with three leaflets.
The arrangement of the leaflets of a compound leaf can be pinnately compound (with leaflets arranged along the length of a central stalk) or palmately compound (with the leaflets attached to the end of the petiole like the fingers radiating from the palm of the hand).
As mentioned, once a student can recognise what a leaf is they can usually tell the difference between a simple and compound leaf, but can have difficulty determining the type of compound leaf.
A compound leaf is composed of more than a single blade.
I doubt that a minute fraction of the 300-some students that passed through my labs could tell you today what a monocot or a dicot is, or even the difference between a simple and compound leaf.
The early population peak is usually much lower (<30 per compound leaf) than the late season peak which can reach >100 per compound leaf.