leptophyll

leptophyll

[′lep·tə‚fil]
(ecology)
A growth-form class of plants having a leaf surface area of 0.04 square inch (25 square millimeters) or less; common in alpine and desert habitats.
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Since guatapana is the main contributor to the withered leaves, and it has leptophyll leaflets, the L layer is generally less than a centimeter and often scattered.
Plants were divided in to, (A) leptophyll, (B) nanophyll (C) microphyll (D) mesophyll and (E) megaphyll.
In this community leptophylls were dominant with a share of 65%.
This community was dominated with leptophylls with a share of 65.
This community was dominated by leptophylls and the percentage of leptophylls was 63.
The Leptophylls and microphylls were the dominant in this community.
This community was comprises of 40% leptophylls followed by 33.
As a whole leptophylls were dominant and their percentage were 57% followed by microphylls, nanophylls and mesophylls.
Using Raunkiaer's scale for the classification of leaf size, leptophylls are leaves have a surface area less than 0.