from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The scar left on a trunk after the fall of the leaf. In fossil trunks these are of high diagnostic importance, and the term is chiefly used by paleobotanists. See scar, 4, and compare leaf- cushion and leaf-base.
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A close examination of the _terminal twig_ will show _three ridges_ and _two grooves_ running down along the stem from the base of each leaf or leaf-scar.
The leaves are trimmed off, from season to season, leaving the bare stalk, showing the leaf-scar.
= -- Buds short, ovate, obtuse, enclosed in the swollen base of a petiole, and, after the fall of the leaf, encircled by the leaf-scar.
= -- Buds roundish, obtuse, densely covered with tawny wool, sunk within a large leaf-scar.
= -- Winter buds minute, partially sunken within the leaf-scar.
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