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Leaf Bases: Attenuate
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Winged Euonymus
(Euonymus alatus)

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Bronx Green Forsythia
(Forsythia viridissima 'Bronxensis')

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Japanese Pachysandra
(Pachysandra terminalis)

More difficult: The following example is a leaf base that shows attenuate characteristics on one side of the petiole and not the other.

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European Beech
(Fagus sylvatica)




Attenuate Leaf Base

Leaf tissue tapers down the petiole (toward the base) to a narrow base, always having some fleshy leaf on either side of the petiole.

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