Axillary bud

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Terminal buds on growing shoot of young Cook Pine can be clearly seen

The Axillary bud is an embryonic shoot which is between the stem and petiole of a plant.

Axillary buds can be used to tell the different kinds if the plant is single-leafed or multi-leafed. Simply count the number of leaves after an axillary bud. If there is only one leaf, then the plant is single-leafed, otherwise multi-leafed.