Identification clues - leaf arrangement

16th October 2021

Identification clues - leaf arrangement

Sometimes when plants look very similar, the arrangement of leaves on stems can help to identify them; Taxodium distichum and Metasequoia glyptostroboides have very similar leaves but different arrangements  - opposite or alternate. Similarly all Acers have leaves in opposite pairs, Liquidambar styraciflua closely resembles Acers and produces similar autumn colour, but the leaves are alternate not opposite.

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