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Leaves a Work of Art
Sycamore
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Valley  Oak*
Thompson Seedless Grape*
A hybrid
Grape*
Rose*
Clover Leaves*
Oak*
Yellow Daisy Bush*
Nettle*
Pomegranate*
Podocarpus*
Redwood Needles*
Pine*
Lemon*
Tangerine*
Grapefruit*
Loquat*
Flowering Herb
Filaree*
Hosta Albomarginata*
Spotted Dead Nettle*
Heuchera*
Nettle*
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Navel Orange*
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Unidentified Tree*
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Leyland Cypress
A hybrid of Monterey Cypress and Alaska Cedar
Orange Trumpet Vine*
Violet Trumpet Vine*
Princess Flower
An Herb
An Herb
An Herb
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     “The structure of the leaf makes it the most efficient part of the plant for photosynthesis.  All living things, except for a few groups of bacteria, depend on photosynthesis for there existence.   Besides being the sole source of oxygen, this process is the only significant food-producing mechanism on the earth.”  [1]
 
     Leaves on a healthy plant are aesthetically beautiful and show design falling well within the definition of art.  There are at least twenty-four shapes and arrangements of leaves [2] that also vary in size, coloring, texture, venation and blade margin (e.g. smooth, jagged, etc… )  Color variation of leaves due to shading from other leaves and new leaf growth enhance the plants beauty.   Other pigments in the leaves besides green are enjoyable and the fall colors of dying deciduous leaves are breathtaking.
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[1]  Muller, Walter, Botany: A Functional Approach, 1963 (The Macmillian Company, New York, 2nd Printing 1966), 117
[2]  The Seed Site, Leave Shapes and Arrangements, http://theseedsite.co.uk/leafshapes.html
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