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Botanical Nerd Word: Lyrate

Lyrate: [of leaves] Pinnatifid with the terminal lobe rounded and much larger than the subtending lobes.*

The word lyrate is used to describe leaves that are shaped like a lyre. Many plants in the brassica family, such as radish, kale, and turnip have lyrate leaves.

*Pell, S.K., Angell, B. (2016). A botanist’s vocabulary: 1300 terms explained and illustrated. Portland: Timber Press.

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