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Leaf Structure

Leaves

The axillary bud has developed into a short branch. This plant has simple opposite leaves.

Axillary bud has developed into a short branch
Axillary bud has developed into a short branch

At a quick glance the leaves (top image) may appear compound or whorled. By removing the short branches that formed from the axillary bud, it becomes clear that the plant has simple opposite leaves.