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Work: Virginia Native Tree Leaf Identification Project/Allegheny Chinkapin/Introduction

Leaf Types #1:

Pinnately vs. Palmetly: Here


Steps to Identification[edit | edit source]

For reference, simple leaves vs compound leaves

a. Leaves are needle or scale-like, go to 2.
b. Leaves are broad and flat, go to 14.


a. Leaves opposite, go to 15.
b. Leaves alternate, go to 25.


a. Leaves compound, go to 26.
b. Leaves simple, go to 36.


a. Leaves have lobes with or without teeth, or large rounded teeth appearing like a wavy margin, go to 37'.
b. Leaves do not have lobes or margins as above, and may or may not be toothed or spined, go to 53.


a. The leaf margin is toothed or spiny; teeth may be widely spaced or very tiny, go to 54.
b. The leaf margin is not toothed or spiny, go to 74.


a. The leaf has more teeth than veins, or has widely spaced sharp spines, go to 55.
b. The leaf has one tooth at the end of each vein, go to 63.


a. Leaf less than 3 times long as wide, bark smooth and gray, brown buds up to 1 inch long, like pointed cigars – American Beech pg. 50.
b. Leaf length at least 3 times its width, teeth turned toward tip of leaf, go to 64.


a. Top and bottom of leaf smooth and hairless. One or two stems, generally not over 4 inches in diameter – American Chestnut pg. 51.
b. Bottom of leaf hairy, one nut per husk. Large shrub or small tree, often multistemmed and forming thickets – Alleghany Chinkapin pg. 52.