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Compound leaf  [ Botany ]

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  A compound leaf is a leaf that is divided into two or multiple separate blade segment called leaflets or pinnae.  
     
compound leaf The leaf segments are more or less similar and are attached to the rachis (midrib or axis) by a petiolule.

The whole leaf is attached to the stem at a node by a petiole. All the leaflets of a compound leaf are oriented in the same plane. When a compound leaf falls, it falls as a unit.

A double compound (bipinnate) leaf is one in which each leaflet of a compound leaf is also made up of secondary leaflets.

           

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