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leafthe principal photosynthetic organ of vascular plants, which typically consists of a flattened lamina joined to the stem by a stalk or petiole, at which junction an axillary bud can be found. There are numerous types of leaves.
- dorsiventral leaves are held horizontally with the upper half of the lamina containing the majority of photosynthetic cells (see MESOPHYLL for diagram). Typically, the lower epidermis contains the majority of STOMATA through which gas exchange and transpiration take place. Leaf veins are usually arranged in a ‘net’ venation with principal veins called midribs. The lamina can be indented to form a ‘compound’ leaf or remain as a simple structure. See Fig. 205 . Dorsiventral leaves are typical of DICOTYLEDONS.
- isobilateral leaves grow erectly, with a sword-like shape and are typical of MONOCOTYLEDONS. Both epidermal surfaces contain stomata with palisade mesophyll tissue packed underneath. Isobilateral leaves have a parallel venation and are not divided into compound structures. See also KRANZ ANATOMY.
- centric leaves are more or less cylindrical with a central region containing the vascular bundles surrounded by mesophyll tissue. Examples are the needles of pine trees, and onion leaves.
Some leaves have special modifications. For example, water storage leaves are found in many plants living in dry conditions (e.g. cacti). In other plants the leaves are modified into tendrils for climbing (e.g. pea) while in some the leaves have become spines, e.g. gorse.
Patient discussion about leaf
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Q. Any ideas about why she leaves some food in her plate. Thank you for your visit. My daughter is 8 years old and she is a poor eater. She never wants to eat dinner even if it's her favorite dish. And then she picks it and an hour later she says that she feels hungry. She never completes her plate, always leaving a bit, no matter what we feed her. Should she be forced to eat dinner and if she doesn't, have only the dinner to eat later? Any ideas about why she leaves some food in her plate?
Some other things that you might do to help deal with your picky eater include:
• Make sure that she isn't eating a big snack after school or filling up on juice, soda, or even milk before dinner.
• Offer her smaller portions so that there isn't as much left over on her plate.
• Don’t offer bribes or rewards for eating.
• Never talk about dieting, calories, and such, especially if she or other family members have problems with being overweight. Instead, talk about eating healthy.
• Consider not offering her anything else to eat if she misses dinner or just offer a small, healthy snack.
Mainly a visit to your Pediatrician to monitor her growth, development and eating habits would also be a good idea. Hug her now!
Q. What makes me worried that it’s really painful but might not be able to leave all of a sudden. Doctor diagnosed my son with peanut allergy after some tests. His body generates rashes and these eruptions are painful for him. I thought it big to be eczema as I heard about it, but now it is diagnosed and I am not able to decide how to avoid him of not giving peanuts and to keep him away as he likes them. Once near to me I can try to avoid to some extent, but once away to school or in playing with friends he does eat them regularly. What makes me worried that it’s really painful but might not be able to leave all of a sudden.