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The term succubous is used to describe the way in which the leaves of a liverwort are attached to the stem. If one were to look down from above (dorsal side) on a plant where the leaf attachment is succubous, the lower edge of each leaf would overlap the next lower leaf along the stem; because of this, the lower edge of each leaf is visible from above, but the edge of the leaf closer to the tip of the stem is obscured by a neighboring leaf.[1] The opposite of succubous is incubous.


  1. ^ Wigginton, M. J., ed. (2004). E.W. Jones's Liverwort and Hornwort Flora of West Africa. Scripta Botanica Belgica. Meise, Belgium: National Botanic Garden. p. 20.

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The dictionary definition of succubous at Wiktionary