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Definition of bifid

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Definition as written by palmbob:

Bifid refers to an unsplit pinnate leaf. Many palms have this characteristic. The leaves still have the general shape of a pinnate (feather) leaf, but the leaflets are fused, or bifid, giving the leaf a unique, almost \'tuna-tail\' appearance. Though these leaves are one solid piece, they are still considered a form of pinnate leaf. The most common palm grown with a bifid leaf is a Metallic palm (Chamaedorea metallica), though some rare forms of this palm have separated pinna. Some palms have bifid leaves only when immature, and as the palm ages, the leaves start to split.

Definition as written by palmbob:

Here is a photo of a plant with bifid leaves (Chamaedorea ernestii- augustii)

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