Fan, Palmate

Palmate "Fan-Shaped" Type Leaf

  • Palmate Type 1 "Scythe" - The rachis or stem that attaches the leaf to the trunk extends through the entire leaf (like an antique hand scythe or sickle).
  • Palmate Type 2 "Shovel" - The rachis continues beyond the border of the leaf into the fan but does not extend entirely through the leaf to the end (similar to the handle of a shovel extending into the metal blade).
  • Palmate Type 3 "Spatula" - The rachis does not continue into the leaf, but stops at the edge of the fan forming a hastula to grasp the leaflets (like a handle molded on a spatula).