What is the difference between a simple and a compound leaf ?

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The difference between a simple and a compound leaf are:

Simple leaf

  • 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.
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Compound leaf

  • 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.

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