- an expanded petiole resembling and having the function of a leaf, but without a true blade.
Origin of phyllode
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To emphasize this difference, botanists call such an apparent leaf a phyllodium, or phyllode.Evolution
Joseph Le Conte
- a flattened leafstalk that resembles and functions as a leaf
C19: from New Latin phyllodium, from Greek phullōdēs leaflike
- A flattened leafstalk that functions as a leaf, as in an acacia.
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