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Petiole  [ Botany ]
adjective: Petiolar, Petiolate

Dictionary of botanic terminology - index of names

     
  A petiole is the stalk or stem that connects the leaf to the plant  
     
It is usually attached to the shoot at the node, subtending (attached beneath) the lateral meristem (axillary bud).
On a compound leaf, the petiole extends from the stem to the first set of leaflets.
Frequently it is present a basal  enlargement called pulvinus and glands. A leaf without petiole is sessile.
     

 

 

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