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African Violets leaves can be divided into different leaf types, depending upon the feature of the leaf margin. Leaf margin is the boundary area along the edge of the leaf.

Here ten common leaf types are defined as below:

  • Plain African Violet Leaf Type:

These leaves have a plain margin. They are also known as standard or boy-type leaves. These leaves have no markings or special edge type, so they are known as plain.

         

  • Ovate African Violet Leaf Type:

These narrow leaves are oval / ovate in shape with a blunt tip. They can also be known as spooned leaf type if they have a concave cup like shape. 

  • Pointed African Violet Leaf Type:

These leaves have a pointed tip and are narrower at the base. They do not have an indented base which makes them differ from the heart shaped leaf.

 

  • Heart African Violet Leaf Type:

These leaves as the name implies are heart shaped. They are beautifully pointed at the top and slightly indented at the base.

  • Serrated African Violet Leaf Type:

These leaves have a saw-toothed margin or serrated margin. They are also known as dentate or fringed leaf types.

  • Ruffled/Wavy African Violet Leaf Type:

These leaves have a ruffled or wavy margin. This feature sometimes displays the colorful underside of the leaf due its wavy edge shape. 

  • Longifolia African Violet Leaf Type:

These leaves are very long, narrow and pointed. They are also known as spider or strap like. This leaf is from the plant Senks Long Legs.

  • Quilted African Violet Leaf Type:

These leaves have a puffy / quilted surface texture. This puffiness occurs due to the presence of raised areas / ridges between the veins on the leaf.

  • Scalloped African Violet Leaf Type:

These leaves have a margin with broad rounded hills, giving them the appearance of deeply scalloped edges.

 

  • Bustle African Violet Leaf Type:

These leaves have a pair of smaller leaves on or a single leaf growth on the back of the main leaf. They are found behind the main leaf between the margin and petiole of the leaf. Usually they are found with wasp shaped flowers.

        

Written by Minal Patel — October 09, 2017