Dengler, Nancy G. Department of Botany, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Last reviewed:January 2020
- Arrangement (phyllotaxy)
- Tips and bases
- Vascular tissue
- Internal structure in relation to transport
- C4 plants
- Blade formation
- Variations in developmental pattern
- Related Primary Literature
- Additional Reading
A lateral appendage which is borne on a plant stem at a node (joint) and which usually has a bud in its axil. In most plants, leaves are flattened in form, although they may be nearly cylindrical with a sheathing base as in onion. Leaves usually contain chlorophyll and are the principal organs in which the important processes of photosynthesis and transpiration occur.
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