petiole

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petiole

1. the stalk by which a leaf is attached to the rest of the plant
2. Zoology a slender stalk or stem, such as the connection between the thorax and abdomen of ants

petiole

[′ped·ē‚ōl]
(botany)
The stem which supports the blade of a leaf.
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Vines with tendrils or twisting leafstalks or stems need an open mesh or small diameter poles.
The plant is grown in hardwood shade and specimens at least three years old with at least two leafstalks eight inches in length should be picked, preferably in the fall.
Even the scientific name, Populus tremuloides, bears witness to the way in which the long, flattened leafstalks allow the aspen's leaves to tremble in the breeze.