The typical flattened photosynthetic organ of a vascular plant is the leaf, but some plant groups instead have flattened green stems as the chief photosynthetic organs. These are called either cladodes or phylloclades ("leaf-like branches"). In certain familiar cases, the cladode so resembles a leaf that the casual observer would have no reason to suspect otherwise.1
See also: Phyllode
- Cladodes at UCLA Botanic Garden. Accessed 19 July 2015. Defunct link as of Friday, October 13, 2017.
- Difference between Phyllode and Phylloclade at DifferenceBTW. Last accessed on Friday, October 13, 2017.
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