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Keeled   [ Botany ]
Synonyms: Carinate
 

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  With a ridge along the middle, resembling the bottom (keel) of a boat  
     
Of leaves that have a distinct sharp angled edge fold along the midrib or in the bottom, resembling the keel of a boat.

Keeled leaves are frequently found among succulent plants belonging to the Aizoacee family. The particular shape of the keels is a distinctive characteristic useful for plant classification end identification.  Different keels may or may not carry indentation, serration, be very sharp or rounded etc.

 

Left: keeled leaves of Cheiridopsis subaequalis

     

 

 

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