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Australian Biological Resources Study

Flora of Australia

Compiled by A.McCusker

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attenuate: tapering gradually.
auricle: an ear-shaped appendage at the base of a leaf, leaflet or corolla lobe. adj. auriculate.
cordate: of a leaf blade, broad and notched at the base; heart-shaped (in two dimensions).
cuneate: wedge-shaped.
hastate: spear-shaped; of a leaf blade, narrow and pointed but with two basal lobes spreading approximately at right angles.
oblique: of a leaf or leaflet, larger on one side of the midrib than on the other, i.e. asymmetrical.
sagittate: shaped like an arrow-head.
truncate: with an abruptly transverse end, as if cut off.
Leaf base
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