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Bay Grasses Identification Key

Whorled Leaf Arrangement

Look at the shape of a single leaf from the base to the tip. As you can see in the pictures, simple leaves appear as a single leaf, and compound leaves often appear to be several leaves coming from a single place in the stem or one leaf that has been subdivided.

Simple Leaf Structure

simple leaf diagram

Compound Leaf Structure

compound leaf diagram
Leaves are limp and unable to stand upright out of the water. Each leaf has two distinct vein patters, with the veins on the outside running primarily from tip to base only, and veins on the inside a slightly different color with more veins running across the leaf All leaves are stiff. Veins are subtle and may not be visible. Cells are uniform in size across the entire leaf.

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