noun Botany.
a simplified leaf form, as a bud scale or a scale on a cotyledon or rhizome.

cata- + -phyll

cataphyllary, adjective Unabridged
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cataphyll (ˈkætəˌfɪl)
a simplified form of plant leaf, such as a scale leaf or cotyledon

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