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Leaf Arrangement: Opposite
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What are opposite leaves?

Def: Stems or leaves appear across from one another at the same node;

Arrangement Along Stem:
Opposite leaves may appear in either a distichous or decussate arrangement.

Distichous: Leaves arranged in two ranks along either side of the stem.

Decussate: Leaves arranged in opposite pairs, rotating 90° at every node.

As with many features, arrangement along the stem is not always opposite decussate or distichous.

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