Having broad leaves: said of many angiosperms.
Having flat rather than needlelike leaves: said of some evergreen shrubs or trees.
Having broad or relatively broad leaves rather than needlelike or scalelike leaves.
Having broad leaves rather than needlelike or scalelike leaves. Broad leaves are adapted to maximizing photosynthesis by capturing large amounts of sunlight. Since the gases that are exchanged with the atmosphere in photosynthesis must be dissolved in water, most broad-leaved plants grow in regions with dependable rainfall.