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Make a leaf skeleton

You will need:

  •  1 leaf, try both Australian native plants and exotic plants
  • 500mL water
  • 1 pot
  • 2 Tsp Bicarbonate Soda
  • Household Bleach -
  • Paper towels
  • Adult help


  1. Place the water into pot and mix the bicarbonate soda and baking soda
  2. Only with adult help, bring the water to boil *DANGER - be careful! *
  3. Add your leaf to mix and reduce the heat. Simmer for at least an hour, stirring occasionally
  4. Only with adult help, remove the leaves and place them into a strong solution of bleach.
  5. Leave overnight. The green plant tissue between the 'veins' will have floated away.
  6. Dry the leaves on a paper towel
leaf skeleton
What is going on?

Vascular bundles in plants transport water and nutrients around the plant.
Xylem transports water and minerals up from the roots and Phloem transports sugars from the leaves to throughout the plant. You'll often find leaves on the ground showing natural degradation down to their vascular bundles due to microbial action.

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