The Leaf Shapes ClipArt gallery offers 293 examples of the various shapes, margins, and arrangements of leaves. For leaves of specific shrubs or trees, please see our flowers and shrubs selections, or our trees gallery, respectively.

An acanthus plant in front of a pedestal.  Acanthus is a very common decorative plant.

Acanthus

An acanthus plant in front of a pedestal. Acanthus is a very common decorative plant.

Tapering at the end.

Acuminate

Tapering at the end.

Terminating with a sharp point.

Acute

Terminating with a sharp point.

"Acute Leaves, 'sharp at the end'"-Whitney, 1902

Acute Leaves

"Acute Leaves, 'sharp at the end'"-Whitney, 1902

Usually pertains to leaves. Not opposite each other but bourne singly at different levels on the stem.

Alternate

Usually pertains to leaves. Not opposite each other but bourne singly at different levels on the stem.

Alternate leaves, in Linden, Lime-tree, or Basswood.

Alternate Leaves

Alternate leaves, in Linden, Lime-tree, or Basswood.

From left to right: Acuminate, Acute, Obtuse, Truncate, Retuse, Emarginate, Obcordate, Cuspidate, Mucronate.

Apex of Leaves

From left to right: Acuminate, Acute, Obtuse, Truncate, Retuse, Emarginate, Obcordate, Cuspidate, Mucronate.

Slenderly tapering; long drawn-out.

Attenuate

Slenderly tapering; long drawn-out.

A bristle-like appendage.

Awn

A bristle-like appendage.

The angle formed by a leaf with the stem.

Axil

The angle formed by a leaf with the stem.

Lenticular

Biconvex

Lenticular

Bearing two teeth at the tip.

Bidentate

Bearing two teeth at the tip.

The expanded portion of a leaf.

Blade

The expanded portion of a leaf.

A modified leaf usually subtending a flower or flowers.

Bract

A modified leaf usually subtending a flower or flowers.

Chenopodium olidum, or Wild Arrach, an herb. 1, flower.

Chenopodium

Chenopodium olidum, or Wild Arrach, an herb. 1, flower.

Illustrated is a leaf of <i>melia azedarach</i>. The common names are China tree, China berry, and pride of India. The leaves are three feet long and stalked.

China Tree Leaf

Illustrated is a leaf of melia azedarach. The common names are China tree, China berry, and pride of…

Minutely ciliate.

Cilliate

Minutely ciliate.

The leaves of citrus ichangensis are narrow with broadly winged stalks.

Citrus Ichangensis

The leaves of citrus ichangensis are narrow with broadly winged stalks.

Composed of two or more similar parts united to form one whole; for instance, a leaf.

Compound

Composed of two or more similar parts united to form one whole; for instance, a leaf.

This shows a conduplicate leaf.

Conduplicate Leaf

This shows a conduplicate leaf.

This shows a convolute leaf.

Convolute Leaf

This shows a convolute leaf.

Diagramatic view of the convulate vernated leaf.

Convulate

Diagramatic view of the convulate vernated leaf.

Heart-shaped with the tip forward.

Cordate

Heart-shaped with the tip forward.

Wedge-shaped.

Cuneate

Wedge-shaped.

Extending or running down on another structure, as a leaf on a stem or a tubercle on an achene.

Decurrent

Extending or running down on another structure, as a leaf on a stem or a tubercle on an achene.

Shaped like an equalateral triangle or the Greek letter delta.

Deltoid

Shaped like an equalateral triangle or the Greek letter delta.

Cut into numerous very fine segements or divisions.

Dissected

Cut into numerous very fine segements or divisions.

Coming off in two ranks.

Distichous

Coming off in two ranks.

Diverging at a wide angle.

Divaricate

Diverging at a wide angle.

Pertains to shape.

Elliptic

Pertains to shape.

Rooted to substratum; erect and extending upward out of water.

Emergent

Rooted to substratum; erect and extending upward out of water.

The image shows how endogens grow threw elongation internally. "Endogenous leaf, showing its parallel veins." -Whitney, 1911

Endogenous Leaf

The image shows how endogens grow threw elongation internally. "Endogenous leaf, showing its parallel…

"Part of Epiphyllospermous Frond. In botany, bearing the fruit or spores on the back of the leaves or fronds, as ferns." -Whitney, 1911

Epiphyllospermous Frond

"Part of Epiphyllospermous Frond. In botany, bearing the fruit or spores on the back of the leaves or…

Pertaining to leaves; comming off in two ranks, making the base appear flattened.

Equitant

Pertaining to leaves; comming off in two ranks, making the base appear flattened.

Appearing as if gnawed.

Erose

Appearing as if gnawed.

This erose leaf is so called such because of its margin's shape, as if eroded.

Erose Leaf

This erose leaf is so called such because of its margin's shape, as if eroded.

A cluster or bundle.

Fascicle

A cluster or bundle.

From left to right: Linear, Lanceolate, Oblong, Elliptical, Ovate, Cordate.

Feathered-veined leaves

From left to right: Linear, Lanceolate, Oblong, Elliptical, Ovate, Cordate.

From left to right: Oblanceolate, spatulate, obovate, wedge-shape.

Feathered-veined leaves

From left to right: Oblanceolate, spatulate, obovate, wedge-shape.

From left to right: Sagittate, Auriculate, Halbert-shaped.

Feathered-veined leaves 3

From left to right: Sagittate, Auriculate, Halbert-shaped.

A leaf which has "the form of a fiddle or violin; pandurate or panduriform: applied in botany to an obovate leaf which is contracted above the base." -Whitney, 1911

Fiddle-Shaped Leaf

A leaf which has "the form of a fiddle or violin; pandurate or panduriform: applied in botany to an…

Like a thread; long, slender, and round.

Filiform

Like a thread; long, slender, and round.

Alternately bent or twisted in different directions.

Flexuous

Alternately bent or twisted in different directions.

Spindle shaped.

Fusiform

Spindle shaped.

Swollen on one side.

Gibbous

Swollen on one side.

Shperical.

Globose

Shperical.

Like sagittate but with lobes diverging.

Hastate

Like sagittate but with lobes diverging.

The hastate leaf is formed like the head of a halbert.

Hastate Leaf

The hastate leaf is formed like the head of a halbert.

A dense cluster of sessile or almost sessile flowers borne on a very short axis.

Head

A dense cluster of sessile or almost sessile flowers borne on a very short axis.

Hedge Garlic (Sisymbrium Allaria). A, Inflorescence and Cauline Leaves.  B, Radical Leaf and Root.

Hedge Garlic

Hedge Garlic (Sisymbrium Allaria). A, Inflorescence and Cauline Leaves. B, Radical Leaf and Root.

Portion of the united calyx investing the fruit.

Hypanthium

Portion of the united calyx investing the fruit.

Spirally overlapping.

Imbricate

Spirally overlapping.

Overlapping as the segments of some perianths in the bud. At least one segment must be wholly outside and one wholly inside.

Imbricate

Overlapping as the segments of some perianths in the bud. At least one segment must be wholly outside…

Impari-pinnate leaves are pinnate leaves having a terminal or odd leaflet.

Impari-Pinnate Leaf

Impari-pinnate leaves are pinnate leaves having a terminal or odd leaflet.

Cut sharply, irregularly, and more or less deeply.

Incised

Cut sharply, irregularly, and more or less deeply.

This shows an inflexed leaf.

Inflexed Leaf

This shows an inflexed leaf.

"Infundibuliformis.--Funnel form." -Newman, 1850

Infundibuliformis

"Infundibuliformis.--Funnel form." -Newman, 1850

Rolled inwardly toward the midrib.

Involute

Rolled inwardly toward the midrib.

This shows an involute leaf.

Involute Leaf Shape

This shows an involute leaf.

Juniper plant.

Juniper

Juniper plant.