The Definition of Palmate and Palmately Lobed Leaves

Maple Leaves
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Palmately lobed describes a leaf that is divided into 3 or more distinct lobes, like the palm of your hand with outstretched fingers. For example, Maples. A palmate leaf is a compound leaf that is divided into leaflets whose stems emanate from a single central point. Examples are horse chestnuts and Buckeyes. When something is termed Pedate, it is either a palmate or a palmately lobed leaf where even the basal lobes or leaflets are lobed.

Pronunciation: Palmeyt