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mature (as pertains to leaves for some plant species)

An phase in some plant species where leaves/needles take on a different shape (morphology) as the perennial plant ages. This species have "dimorphic" leaves. Some junipers fit into this category, as do some broadleaf species (Hedera helix (English ivy), Ficus pumila (creeping fig)).

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