Compound leaf form

Flora of Australia Glossary — Vascular Plants

Compiled by A. McCusker


Compound leaf form

bifoliolate: of leaves, having two leaflets.

imparipinnate: having an uneven number of pinnae, by virtue of having one terminal pinna. cf. paripinnate.

palmate: of a leaf, divided into several leaflets which arise at the same point.

paripinnate: having an even number of pinnae by virtue of having a pair in the terminal position. cf. imparipinnate.

pinnate: divided into pinnae; once-compound. cf. bipinnate, tripinnate.

ternate: in groups of three; of leaves, arranged in whorls of three; of a single leaf, having the leaflets arranged in groups of three.

trifoliolate: of a leaf, having three leaflets.

unifoliolate: of a leaf, basically compound, but reduced to only one leaflet.