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Unknown Leaf

Observed: 13th September 2012 By: aknight
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Description:

Sorry for the poor quality of the specimens. I found this in a stand of mainly oak trees. Any help identifying it would be brilliant.

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Rachy Ramone's picture

So not Elm...

I agree with Sam, this is not any species of Elm - it does appear to be asymmetrical at the base, which is the classic defining characteristic of Elm leaves, but the vein pattern (venation) is wrong, as is the toothing, and the general structure/shape of the leaf.

Crab apple leaves also show a slight asymmetry at the base, the leaf venation is correct, and if it were any sort of Prunus, there would be glands visible at the base of the petiole.

So on the basis of these photos, I'm going with Crab Apple.

Rachy Ramone

How to take close-ups with cheap phone and hand-lens:
http://tree-and-shrub-id.blogspot.co.uk/p/how-to-close-ups.html
Field Guides for Budding Botanists:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B01A8YB0WY

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Thank you all very much! This

Thank you all very much! This has been my first time using ispot and I can't believe how quick and helpful the responses have been!

Rachy Ramone's picture

Glad to have helped...

...(not that I contributed an ID!) and I hope that you can put up lots more observations!

You'll get the best responses if you can put up a selection of photos: for trees, it helps to have an overall shot of the shape/size of the tree, a close-up of leaves (as you did above), of buds, of the bark: in winer, a shot of the leaf litter below the tree can be helpful. Sometimes...

For flowers/plants, it helps to have shots of the basal (ground-level) leaves, plus the stem leaves, the flower itself, preferably from above, from below, and from the side: and if you can get them, close-ups. Many plants need a really close look, to see stem hairs, or shape of the seeds, etc. I struggle with these, as I only have a phone cameral, so I try to make a note of as many features as possible, to add to the description.

Hope this helps.

Rachy Ramone

How to take close-ups with cheap phone and hand-lens:
http://tree-and-shrub-id.blogspot.co.uk/p/how-to-close-ups.html
Field Guides for Budding Botanists:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B01A8YB0WY