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A key characteristic of a species is the way in which the leaves are arranged on the stem. For example, they may be (Fig. 3): l alternate: the leaves form an alternate or helical l l l l pattern around the stem, also called spiral distichous: there is a single leaf at each node, and the leaves of two neighbouring nodes are disposed in opposite positions opposite: the leaves occur in pairs, with each leaf opposing the other at the nodes decussate: this is a special case of opposite, where each successive pair of leaves is at a right angle to the previous pair (typical for the mint family) whorled: three or more leaves are found at one node.
4a). For example, leaves may be described as oval, oblong, rounded, linear, lanceolate, ovate, obovate, spatulate or cordate. The margin of the leaf is another characteristic feature. It can be entire (smooth), serrate (sawtoothed), dentate (toothed), sinuate (wavy) or ciliate (hairy) (Fig. 4b). Also, the base and the apex often have a very characteristic form. Microscopic characteristics of leaves include the form and number of stomata, the inner structure of the leaves, specialized secretory tissues including trichomes (glandular hairs), covering trichomes or bristles, and the presence of calcium oxalate structures which give a characteristic refractive pattern under polarized light.
Here, 20 families (out of a total of more than 200 recognized families) have been selected as being particularly important or interesting and are presented in alphabetical order within the groupings angiosperms and gymnosperms. The families are not classified further; more detailed information on the systematic position of these families can be found in relevant botanical textbooks (see further reading). e. the seed is covered by closed carpels. The fruit are sometimes very large and yield many of the economically important botanical products used because of their nutritional properties.