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Arrangement of Leaves on Stem

Arrangement of leaves on a stem is called as Phyllotaxy. There are several methods that plants use to arrange leaves on their stem. It is basically 4 ways as,

Alternate

In this arrangement, leaves are arranged alternatively on the stem with one leaf per node in a straight line.

Opposite

Here, two leaves arise from a single node in opposite fashion.

Spiral

Only one leaf is present per node as in alternate arrangement. But, the leaves are arranged as a spiral which would be visible if you look down at the apex of the stem.

Whorled

Multiple leaves arise from a single node and each nodes are separated by huge internodes.

Other arrangements include Subopposite and Deccusate.

Subopposite

Here, the leaves are arranged in such a fashion that they are neither spaced far enough to be considered as alternate nor exactly opposite enough to consider as opposite.

Deccusate

This is where two leaves arise from a same node (opposite) in each nodes. The pairs are placed in right angles to each other.

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