Leaf Morphology

I have taken an interest in the structure of leaves.  I am amazed by the shape and texture of each of them and mesmerized by the beauty of the print that each leaf makes.

simple_ovate

simple_ovate

A leaf is made up of a blade and petiole and it can be a simple or a compound leaf.  A simple leaf has only one blade, whereas the latter has many blades.  Many plants and trees we see around us have simple leaves. A compound leaf is a large leaf that is separated into smaller leaflets.
There are over 30 different leaf shapes.  To date,  I have used the following leaf shapes in my eco dyeing projects: lanceolate, falcate, cordate, oblong, ovate, linear, and obovate.

lanceolate

lanceolate

palmate

palmate

cordate, or heart-shape

cordate, or heart-shape

ovate

ovate

You can find out more about the leaf  shapes here:

http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/media/374/Common-leaf-morphologies

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