Microscopy of a Ligustrum Leaf

In this 40x view of a Ligustrum leaf, some features of a typical dicot leaf are visible. Find the well-defined midrib. In addition, some veins are cut at angles. Watch for these at higher magnification. Note that leaves are very thin in comparison to stems and roots! Their design is not for support or strength but rather light gathering capability. The broad blade maximizes surface area for light reception. The thin depth assures that all internal leaf cells will be within areas of light penetration.

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