That's not its scientific name or anything--
just a nickname given to it (which we happen to like) because the sides
of this leaf resemble the spines of a dragon. You can put a line through
the center and think of these spines as branching out from it. Dragon
leaves can grow in any direction -- up, down, up or sideways, and can be
colored in all different shades of green.
Remember to make your leaves
wider when you make them longer -- that's what's known as proportion (for
instance, when you draw a leaf twelve inches long, it should be a lot more
than two inches wide). We suggest you try making several in a few
you didn't cut the grass yet! This is really easy to do and will add
a lot of color to our mural. The difference between ordinary grass and
the kind that grows in the rain forest is that while garden-variety grass
grows like carpet fibers, rain-forest grass grows like a plant. Notice
how the leaves shoot out from the center. In other words, it's wider
at the top than the bottom.
Now maybe that is a scientific name,
since these really do look like elephant ears. When you draw these,
think of a heart shape. Draw a line through the center and then draw lots
of lines from the center out to the sides. They can be in groups
of twos or threes.
Make sure they are W I D E.