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obovate leaf


adj. Botany
Egg-shaped and flat, with the narrow end at the base: an obovate leaf.


(Botany) (of a leaf or similar flat part) shaped like the longitudinal section of an egg with the narrower end at the base; inversely ovate


(ɒbˈoʊ veɪt)

inversely ovate; egg-shaped in longitudinal section, or outline, with the narrow end at the base.
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Adj.1.obovate - (of a leaf shape) egg-shaped with the narrower end at the base
unsubdivided, simple - (botany) of leaf shapes; of leaves having no divisions or subdivisions
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Leaves are pale green, 10-60 cm long and 7-20 cm wide with obovate or elliptic blades, rounded to acuminate at the tip and base.
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5 cm long, oblong in outline; petioles 10-12 mm long, winged, somewhat aromatic when crushed; rachis more narrowly winged than petiole, involute when drying, and appearing quadrangular; leaflets 7-11, 5-6 x 6-9 mm, subsessile, semi-succulent, and broadly obovate to broadly elliptic, yellowish-green, opaque, midvein on abaxial surface prominent; indument spiculate on stems, reproductive structures glabrous, foliage with resinous papilla.
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The leaves, which had 9 to 15 lobes on each side and a 10~3 mm petiole, repelled slugs and grubs, were obovate to oblong, glabrous above, glabrous to densely grey-white hairy below, mostly 10~20 cm long and 5-14 cm wide (2).