Shapes of Leaves: Fulfilling a Purpose in Life

I found this heart-shaped, water-filled leaf (cordate) in the midst of the butterfly garden in St. Martin. Like some of the leaves in my garden, this leaf has a perfect shape to collect water after rain or dew. While I know the purpose and function of specifically-shaped flowers, I never thought much about leaves. According to Penn State U:

The shape of a tree’s leaves are a response to the tree species’ long term ecological and evolutionary histories. An ecosystem’s limiting factors may also modify the finished form and shape of a tree’s leaves.

I suppose this plant, hidden in the shadow of  some larger trees and shrubs, needs to collect water in this manner. It’s water but it looks like a piece of glass or ice, doesn’t it?

©Teresita Abad Doebley All rights reserved 2009-2011.

Quote of the Day for YOU:  I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for. ~Georgia O’Keeffe (My sentiments exactly!)


6 thoughts on “Shapes of Leaves: Fulfilling a Purpose in Life

  1. It is also such a beautiful color with the yellows and greens blended… It is a stunning shot and reminds me again of that innate intelligence we see in nature… nothing left to chance. 🙂

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