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Leaf Venation

Explore Dichotomous Veins
(Ginkgo biloba)

Explore Impressed Veins
Corneliancherry Dogwood
(Cornus mas)
Explore Palmate Veins
Japanese Maple
(Acer palmatum)
Explore Parellel Veins
Umbrella Pine
(Sciadopitys verticillata)
Explore Pinnate Veins
American Elm
(Ulmus americana)
Explore Reticulate Veins
Tatarian Honeysuckle
(Lonicera tatarica)


Veins of Leaves

Often veins follow the shape of the leaf. They can curve along the leaf following the margin, or they can break the margin and cause the leaf edges to end in fine points, bristles, or spines. The veins can provide interesting textures to the leaf surfaces. This helps in describing the plant and in enjoying its beauty.

As with many of the leaf characteristics, leaf veins can display muliple characteristics such as having both impressed and reticulate veins.

Illustration of Leaf Arrangements (pdf)

Botanical Terminology > Leaf Venation


2005 Gary J. Kling and Laura L. Hayden, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
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