star shaped red leaf of sweetgum tree

Sweetgum Tree leaf in brilliant fall color

Today's Wordless Wednesday was inspired by yesterday's post: Urban Science Adventure: Art and Science of Autumn Leaves.

This star-shaped leaf is from a Sweetgum tree. This leaf shape is also called palmate, since it resembles the palm of the hand. All of the leaf veins for each of the 'fingers' or points of the star all begin at the same point - or wrist of the palm were the lead stem attaches to the leaf. This vein pattern is also called palmate venation.

Have you ever noticed any star-shaped or palmate leaves in your yard or neighborhood? Go out and take a walk and look for them.