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Plant Anatomy Part 2: The Leaf

The leaf is a lateral line organ springing from the axis of the shoot; it is generally flat and its growth is limited. The leaves are essential tools for collecting sunlight to use in the process of photosynthesis and· in emersed aquatic plant growth they regulate the loss of water vapor. They also have other functions such as food storage, and they may form reproductive cells.

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Plant Anatomy: Part 1 The Stem

Plant anatomy, or "morphology", refers to the description of the structure and parts of a plant.· Apart from the few simple mosses, aquatic plants consist of three basic organic parts: axis of the shoot or stem, leaf and root. Stem and leaves may be termed comprehensively as 'shoot'. Both differentiate from the shoot vegetation cone which they have in common. In this article I am introducing the first part, the stem or axis of the shoot.

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