They are pale green in colour and at maturity their dimensions vary from 2.8 to 3.5 cm in width and from 1.8 to 2.2 cm in length.
After the cotyledonal leaves, the plant develops real leaves that are always whole even if the plant belongs to a variety with septate leaves.
The cotyledonal leaves of kenaf are easy to distinguish from those of hemp by their shape and size. At maturity, their dimensions are always greater than those of the cotyledonal leaves of hemp. Kenaf leaves, too, like hemp leaves, have no stipules.