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Compound: The leaf is separated into distinct leaflets, each with its own small petiole (but without an axillary bud).
Simple: The leaf may be lobed or divided, but does not form distinct leaflets.
Petiole: The stalk of a leaf.
Leaf blade: The broad, expanded part of a leaf.
Leaflet: One of the parts of a compound leaf. Leaflets do NOT have axillary buds.
Axillary buds: Buds located where a leaf joins a stem.