Leaf Shapes

Leaves can be either simple or compound in shape. Simple leaves have a single leaf blade, while compound leaves have many leaflets. Remember, you can tell the difference between a leaf and a leaflet by looking for the bud at the base of the petiole.

Simple leaf shapes Compound leaf shapes
Entire leaf
Entire leaf

Singly compound leaf

Palmate (heart shaped)

Palmately compound leaf

Palmately lobed

Doubly compound leaf

Pinnately lobed


Leaf collection

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