Parts of a leaf
THE LEAF: FUNCTIONS
What is a leaf?
A leaf is a vegetative part of the plant. It generally has a flat form and a thin surface.
The leaf is one of the most important part of the plants because it is the one which is in charge of accomplishing the photosynthesis, the respiration and transpiration.
The leaf: parts
There are different types of leaves, which let us to distinguish the different kinds of plants, but essentially, each leaf is formed by the following parts:
The blade is the expanded part of the leaf. It is the most conspicuous part, what most of people identify and understand as a leaf when such a noun is mentioned.
Different types of blade
Inside the blade the following parts can be distinguished:
- The margin is the rim or final limit of the blade. It can offer different forms:
Different types of margin
- The petiole is the connexion of the stem to the blade. It is the channel for the vascular bundles to arrive to it. It can be short or long. Those leaves having a petiole, no matter how long it may be, are called petiolated. There are some leaves without petiole. In this case they are called stalkless or sessile.
A petiolated leaf and a stalkless one
Test what you have learned about the leaf, clicking what you think is the correct answer among the three different possibilities.
1) The extended part of the leaf is called:
2) The central vein of the blade is called:
3) The channels that distribute the sap or circulatory fluids along the leaf are called:
4) Choose the correct statement:
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