02.01.04: Stem and Leaves


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Where to Use

When you want to evoke the stem and leaf pattern found in many plants as part of the scaling of ornamentation.


Consider using a ‘dog-bone’ structure to represent opposite leaves and their stems. Attach this dog-bone structure to the main stem:

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Alternatively, the main stem may be exaggerated in width, leading to a form somewhat reminiscent of a vertebrae:

Example stem leaf.png

A modified version of this pattern was used by Frank Lloyd Wright in the Hollyhock House motifs.

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