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Monocots vs. Dicots - Plants Slideshow

Leaf types of monocots and dicots

We already covered some of the basic structural differences between monocotyledons and dicotyledons. This image is a good example of the differences in leaf structure. The palm leaves on the left image are long and have parallel veins. Even though you might not know the species, you could identify this plant from the Liliopsida class. The leaves on the right have the traits of a dicotyledon plant. There is a complex leaf shape with a web-like vascular system. There are also multiple leaves attached to the same stem. From this evidence, you could guess that it is from the Magnoliopsida class.

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