from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A liana in which the petiole or blade of the otherwise unmodified leaf is the irritable supporting organ.
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For instance, it is clearly a great advantage to a twining plant to become a leaf-climber; and it is probable that every twiner which possessed leaves with long foot-stalks would have been developed into a leaf-climber if the footstalks had possessed in any slight degree the requisite sensitiveness to a touch.
Now mark the difference in another leaf-climber -- viz.,
I want it fearfully, for it is a leaf-climber, and therefore sacred.
I begin to think that one of the commonest means of transition is the same individual plant having the same part in different states: thus Corydalis claviculata, if you look to one leaf, may be called a tendril-bearer; if you look to another leaf it may be called a leaf-climber.
I wish I had heard of Mikania being a leaf-climber before your paper was printed (673/6.