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Leaf Types

LEAF TYPES
All leaf drawings (except Clackamus) by the talented JoAnn Marti. Text by Nancy Robitaille,edited by Alana.

 ** Most often you will see African Violets with plain or pointed leaf types but here's a chart showing some other interesting leaves as well.**

 

 
BUSTLE BACK:
A bustle leaf has a leaf growth on the back of the leaf. This is most often seen with a flower type called WASP.
 

GIRL LEAF:


Girl leaves have deep scallops, usually rounded or heart-shaped with white to yellow markings at the base of each leaf. These markings can extend to the leaf blades and edges of the leaf.
Girl Leaf foliage is considered by many to be difficult to grow because the leaves do not lie flat to make symmetrical foliage.





HOLLY LEAF:
Holly leaves are heavily crested leaves with the leaf edges curled forward or bent back with exaggerated wavy edges resembling holly in form. 


LONGIFOLIA OR SPIDER:
Narrow pointed strap-like leaves with either plain or wavy edges.
 



PLAIN OR TAILORED LEAVES:
Plain in texture and form it is sometimes known as standard or boy type foliage.




POINTED LEAVES:
The ends of the leaves come to a definite point.
 
QUILTED LEAVES:
Leaves have distinct raised areas between the veins. Some leaves have pie-crust edging.
 
RUFFLED, FRINGED, WAVY OR FLUTED LEAVES:
Leaves have serrated or ragged edges.




SPOONED, OVATE, CUPPED-UP:
Leaves are concave with high edges like a spoon.

(WATERMELON), CLACKAMUS:
The watermelon veining on this rare leaf runs lengthwise from the base and forms ridges which are indented on top, but prominent on the underside of the leaf. It is referred to as watermelon veining because it resembles the stripes on a watermelon.
For photos of the different leaf types, visit Janet Stromborg's album.  She had done a wonderful collection... and it is appreciated by everyone!  :)