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Why do leaves have different shapes and arrangements?
leaves are usually thin, have a large surface area, and are arranged and angled on the plant for maximum light absorption.
Why is plant shape necessary?
Plants have different shaped leaves to cope with different environmental conditions. Being able to vary the shape of your leaves is important, as it allows you to expand your range into new areas or cope with changing environments.
How do you describe the shape of a leaf?
Shape of the Leaf Cordate: Heart shaped, with a sharp tip at the apex and the petiole coming out between the rounded parts of the heart at the leaf base. Elliptical: Longer than wide, but tapers at both ends. Lanceolate: Longer than wide, but tapers smaller at the apex.
Why do leaves have different textures?
Glossy leaf surfaces reflect light in different directions. This gives the effect of even smaller leaf surfaces and therefore makes the leaf look finer textured then if it was dull textured. Dull leaf surfaces absorb light without giving off the effect of highlights.
How are leaves adapted for transpiration?
The leaves in hot or dry environments may be adapted to reduce transpiration ….Leaf adaptations.
|Leaves reduced to spines||Reduces the surface area for transpiration|
|Reduced number of stomata||Reduces the transpiration rate|
|Waxy leaf cuticle||Impermeable to water, which stops evaporation|
What are the common shapes of leaves?
Introduce your students to plant identification and diversity with real specimens. Six common shapes for simple leaves (usually Linear, Lanceolate, Oblong, Rhomboid, Elliptic, and Cordate) are shown along with two common, compound leaves (Pinnate and Palmate).
How would you describe the texture of leaves?
Texture usually refers to the overall size of the leaves so textural sizes are relative to one another. Grasses have narrow, fine textured leaves. Large Hosta leaves are considered coarse textured. Texture can also refer to the smoothness or roughness on the surface each leaf.
What is the texture of the leaves?
Leaves may be leathery, hairy, smooth and shiny, and this texture can add significant variety to the garden bed or flower arrangement. Compare a magnolia leaf to a leaf of lamb’s ear. The former is smooth and shiny and the latter is hairy.