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Linum usitatissimum L.
FLAX
Common flax

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Linum usitatissimum, whole plant - in flower - general view
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Linum usitatissimum, whole plant - in flower - general view

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Linum usitatissimum, inflorescence - whole - unspecified
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Linum usitatissimum, inflorescence - whole - unspecified
Linum usitatissimum, inflorescence - frontal view of flower
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Linum usitatissimum, inflorescence - frontal view of flower

Linum usitatissimum, inflorescence - lateral view of flower
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Linum usitatissimum, inflorescence - lateral view of flower
Linum usitatissimum, leaf - on upper stem
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Linum usitatissimum, leaf - on upper stem

Linum usitatissimum, stem - showing leaf bases
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Linum usitatissimum, stem - showing leaf bases
Linum usitatissimum, fruit - lateral or general close-up
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Linum usitatissimum, fruit - lateral or general close-up

Linum usitatissimum, inflorescence - closeup of flower interior
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Linum usitatissimum, inflorescence - closeup of flower interior
Linum usitatissimum, seeds
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Linum usitatissimum, seeds

Linum usitatissimum, pollen
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Linum usitatissimum, pollen

Associates · map
FamilyScientific name @ source (records)
Apidae  Bombus borealis @ AMNH_BEE (1)

Bombus griseocollis @ AMNH_BEE (2)

Bombus pensylvanicus @ AMNH_BEE (1)

Bombus rufocinctus @ AMNH_BEE (1)

Bombus ternarius @ AMNH_BEE (1)
Halictidae  Lasioglossum versans @ AMNH_BEE (1)
Pseudococcidae  Balanococcus diminutus @ CSCA_TCN (2)

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Linum usitatissimum L. - Common Flax

Linum usitatissimum plant

Family - Linaceae

Stems - To .75m tall, herbaceous, glabrous, reclining to erect, multiple from base, branching above.

Linum usitatissimum stem

Leaves - Alternate, linear, entire, glabrous, glaucous, sessile, to 3cm long, 3mm broad.

Inflorescence - Loose panicles terminating stems.

Flowers - Corolla blue-purple, rotate. Petals 5, to 2cm long, free, cuneate, glabrous, yellowish at base. Stamens 5. Filaments to -4mm long, connected and forming ring around ovary at base, white and fading into light blue-purple at apex. Anthers pale yellow, to 2mm long. Styles 5, to 5mm long, purplish. Ovary globose to subcylindric, glabrous, 10-carpellate.

Linum usitatissimum calyx Calyx.

Linum usitatissimum flower

Fruit - Ovoid capsule to -1cm long, splitting (dehiscing) into 10 portions.

Flowering - May - September.

Habitat - Waste ground, disturbed sites, roadsides, railroads. Also cultivated.

Origin - Native to Europe.

Other info. - This plant is the common cultivated "Flax" which is used to make linen and linseed oil (a classic wood finish for carpenters). The plant is very high in fatty acid content, especially the unsaturated - linolenic acid. It can be found cultivated throughout the state and is rarely escaped.

Photographs taken in Columbia, MO., 4-25-04.


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Number of matches : 5
Query: SELECT * FROM img WHERE ready=1 and taxon like "Linum usitatissimum%" and (lifeform != "specimen_tag" OR lifeform != "Plant") ORDER BY taxon

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Linum usitatissimum
Linum usitatissimum
ID: 0000 0000 0506 2340 [detail]
© 2006 Louis-M. Landry

Linum usitatissimum
Linum usitatissimum
ID: 0000 0000 0506 2341 [detail]
© 2006 Louis-M. Landry

Linum usitatissimum
Linum usitatissimum
ID: 0000 0000 0506 2342 [detail]
© 2006 Louis-M. Landry

Linum usitatissimum
Linum usitatissimum
ID: 0000 0000 0506 2343 [detail]
© 2006 Louis-M. Landry

Linum usitatissimum
Linum usitatissimum
common flax
ID: 0000 0000 0514 0926 [detail]
© 2014 Al Keuter

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