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Botanical Nerd Word: Palmatifid

Palmatifid: Of a leaf shape which is shaped like a hand but with the leaf divisions stopping half-way down the ‘fingers.’*

The palmatifid leaves of this sweetgum tree (Liquidambar styraciflua) are turning a rich, autumn red.

*Pilcher, M., Davies, L., Hurrion, D. (1995). Garden Terms. London: Hamlyn.

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