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BRANCH. This is a metaphorical expression, which designates, in the genealogy of a numerous family, a portion of that family which has sprang from the same root or stock; these latter expressions, like the first, are also metaphorical.
     2. The whole of a genealogy is often called the genealogical tree; and sometimes it is made to take the form of a tree, which is in the first place divided into as many branches as there are children, afterwards into as many branches as there are grand-children, then of great grandchildren, &c. If, for example, it be desired to have a genealogical tree of Peter's family, Peter will be made the trunk of the tree; if he has had two children, John and James, their names will be written on the first two branches; which will themselves shoot out as many smaller branches as John and James have children; from these other's proceed, till the whole family is represented on the tree; thus the origin, the application, and the use of the word branch in genealogy will be at once perceived.

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5-9 cm x 2-5 mm, often rounded at the base, acuminate to cuspidate with rigid, pale, spiny tips, petiole usually only distinguishable where it is decurrent on the branchlet, upper surface convex, often with a puffy appearance, sometimes with 2 thin longitudinal grooves, the midrib obscure or slightly impressed, lower surface broadly concave, the midrib raised, stomatal bands impressed or sunken, each much narrower than or equal to the raised midrib, 0.
Pollen strobili simple, axillary, on the most recent year's branchlets, borne on minute recurved peduncles so that the strobili are most easily visible from the lower surface of the branchlet, 4-10 mm long, subtended by 12 or 16 keeled sterile scales arranged in 4 vertical rows; microsporophylls numerous (20-36), arranged in alternating whorls of 4, hyposporangiate (occasionally perisporangiate), dorsiventral, each with (3-)4(-6-7) microsporangia.
Mean number of branchlets per terminal branch was higher for B.
This axis was positively correlated with number of leaves and branchlets and negatively with foliage area.
Many branchlets will grow of which about two to three shoots are selected on each branch for grafting and producing new varieties and rest removed.
Cut branches with plenty of branchlets attached (always use appropriate pruning practices -- never leave stumps or ragged bark -- and maintain an attractive plant shape).
STEP 2 Gather together three or four 6-to 9-inch-long branchlets of greenery (use one kind of foliage or a mixture of greens).
Once-open groves are now crowded with an understory of brush, with fir and young pine growing so close together that the trunks are spindly sticks cluttered with dead branchlets.
Tall, shrubby ground cover with bright green foliage on horizontal branches with weeping branchlets.
Nodding tips, gently drooping branchlets, and fine, soft, dark green needles make them among the most graceful of all conifers.
When grown out of strong winds and encouraged by staking and pruning, the tree can reach 20 feet (rarely 30), forming a wide canopy of stiff, twisting branches and drooping branchlets.
Photo: Palm flower branchlets make an airy wreath for Christmas giving; eucalyptus pods, buds, and leaves are finishing touches