cataphyll definition

  • noun:
    • A leaf, occasionally abortive, occasionally persistent, that doesn't develop into a photosynthetic structure, but alternatively fulfills protective or storage functions. Examples include cotyledons, bud-scales, glochids, rhizome-scales, and bulb-scales.
    • a diminished or barely developed leaf at the start of a plant's life (for example., cotyledons) or in early stages of leaf development

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