The difference between a simple and a compound leaf are:
- It has a single lamina.
- In this type at least one axillary bud or a branch developed by this bud is present.
- Sometimes stipules are present at its base.
- These are arranged on the branch in aero-petal succession.
Lamina is divided into many small leaf-lets.
Bud is present in the axil of rachis, but not present in the axil of leaflets.
Stipules are present on the base of rachis but not at the base of leaflets.
Acropetal succession is never present in leaflets.