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Botanical Nerd Word: Aphyllous

Aphyllous: Without leaves.*

This Pencil Cactus (Euphorbia tirucalli) does not produce leaves. It photosynthesises with its bare stems.

*Harris, J.G., Harris, M.W. (2001). Plant identification terminology: An illustrated glossary (2nd ed.). Spring Lake: Spring Lake Publishing.

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