Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


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  Linum usitatissimum L. image
Photographer: Paul E. Berry           

Botanical Illustration

Dennis W. Woodland

Kurt Stüber

Margery Melgaard

Paul Drobot

Paul Drobot

Paul Drobot

Paul Drobot

Robert W. Freckmann
Family Linaceae
Linum usitatissimum L.
common flax
Linum: from the old Greek name for flax, linon, used by Theophrastus
usitatissimum: most useful
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Status: Introduced - adventive
Plant: erect, annual, up to 40" tall forb; one to several stems often branched toward the top
Flower: blue, 5-parted, 3/4"-1 1/4" wide; inflorescence a loose, branched cluster (panicle) of stalked flowers; blooms June-Aug.
Leaf:small and narrowly lance-shaped
Habitat: fields, roadsides

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Linum humile Mill.
Linum usitatissimum L. var. humile (Mill.) Pers.
Linum usitatissimum L. var. usitatissimum

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