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[484] λείη: lēvis, smooth. Cf.λειήνας” 111. sc. “τὰ μὲν ἄλλα”, explained by the rest of the verse. Perhaps the lower branches and twigs had been cut off as fodder for goats. For the position of “λείη”, cf. “ἡγεμόνων” 429.

ἐπί: const. with “πεφύασιν”, have grown upon, are upon.

ἀκροτάτῃ: const. with “οἷ”.

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