Definition of scale leaf in English:

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scale leaf

noun

Botany
A small modified leaf, especially a colorless membranous one, such as on a rhizome or forming part of a bulb.
Example sentences
  • Each GU can be identified by the existence of morphological markers in the form of scale leaf and assimilating leaf scars alternately distributed along the aerial axes.
  • For example, a scale leaf that is able to support greater rates of water loss may have a higher total productivity than a much larger leaf that requires high surface resistances.
  • Later, when trees reach the adult stage, leaf primordia differentiate into scale leaves, and photosynthetic activity is shifted to long needles differentiated on short shoots.

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