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.