Native gardening terminology
Tree terminology
Leaf terminology

Native gardening terminology

Our usage is very close to this list of native gardening terminology.

Leaf terminology

When we starting writing ICSN, we used the terminology in this leaf chart,  and this article on phyllotaxis.

Then, we came across this Manual of Leaf Architecture (MLA) (useful bits) (.pdf).   It seemed very specific.  It used a couple terms differently than we did, terms that are used differently by different authors.  Trying to pin down the ambiguity, we found that this document is an extract of a parent doc Manual of Leaf Architecture (MLA) (full) (.pdf).

Completing the survey, we decided to standardize on this MLA document's terminology.  With a few exceptions for simplicity:

Sorted by ICSN term
ICSN termMLA term
blade laminus [of a leaf]
🍂︎ non-lobed unlobed
✋︎🌿︎ palmately-compound palmately compound
✋︎ palmately-lobed palmately lobed
-⋘- 🌿︎ pinnately-compound pinnately compound
-⋘- ♧ pinnately-lobed pinnately lobed
smooth

     some other sources:
🍂︎ non-lobed smooth
entire [-ly devoid of teeth]

Ambiguity Alert:  Some other sources
     use "entire" to also imply non-lobed
.
▲▲ teeth teeth types "serrate", "dentate", "crenate", "erose" or "revolute"
tip apex

Sorted by MLA term
MLA termICSN term
apex tip
entire [-ly devoid of teeth]

Ambiguity Alert:  Some other sources
     use "entire" to also imply non-lobed
.
smooth

     some other sources:
🍂︎ non-lobed smooth
laminus [of a leaf] blade
palmately compound ✋︎🌿︎ palmately-compound
palmately lobed ✋︎ palmately-lobed
pinnately compound -⋘- 🌿︎ pinnately-compound
pinnately lobed -⋘- ♧ pinnately-lobed
teeth types "serrate", "dentate", "crenate", "erose" or "revolute" ▲▲ teeth
unlobed 🍂︎ non-lobed

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