The healthy Mundulea sericea subsp. sericea leaves seen here are dark green. The individual leaflets making up the leaves are framed in whitish, hairy margins.
Short-stalked, the leaflets emerge opposite or subopposite each other from the leaf rachis that would have been a leaf midrib, had this been a simple leaf blade. The whitish leaflet midribs and ascending, in-curving lateral veins have a delicate aspect to them, reminding of the ephemeral nature of leaf existence.
The lance-shape of the leaflet is rounded at the base and after tapering, also rounded at the tip. One would go far to find a more elegant shape for this composite type of leaf among trees of any forest (Coates Palgrave, 2002; Pooley, 1993).