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Leaf Shape: Cordate

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Eastern Redbud
(Cercis canadensis)
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Littleleaf Linden
(Tilia cordata)



Leaf Shape: Cordate

Heart-shaped. The leaf is attached to the petiole at the notched end. Cordate can also be used to describe a leaf base.

The Eastern Redbud is a classic example of cordate.

From the subopposite leaf arrangement, to the crenate margins and the cordate leaf shape, the Katsuratree is a useful plant for identification features. Here the shape is cordate, but the leaves vary and some can appear orbicular.

Botanical Terminology > Leaf Shape > Cordate 


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