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Family: Linaceae
Linum marginale

Citation: Cunn. ex Planchon, London J. Bot. 7:169 (1848).

Synonymy: Not Applicable

Common name: Native flax, wild flax.

Glabrous perennial with slender erect stems 10-50 cm high; branches few or 0, mainly from near the base; leaves linear to linear-elliptic, 1-nerved, 5-20 mm long.

flowers in loose terminal panicles or solitary; pedicels slender, erect, elongating to 2 cm or more in fruit; sepals ovate, acuminate or acute, 3-6 mm long, keeled near the base, with white-membranous ciliolate margins; petals about twice as long as the sepals, blue; anthers white; styles united from the base for three-quarters to four-fifths of their length; stigmas decurrent along the inner side of the style-branches.

capsule c. 3-5 mm broad, abruptly pointed, as long as or rather longer than the sepals; seeds brown, c. 3 mm long.

image of FSA2_Linum_mar.jpg Linum marginale habit, flower and fruit with calyx.
Image source: fig 394a in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).

Published illustration: Cunningham et al. (1982) Plants of western New South Wales, p. 436.

Distribution:  S.Aust.: FR, EA, EP, NL, MU, YP, SL, SE.   W.Aust.; Qld; N.S.W.; Vic.; Tas.   New Zealand.

Conservation status: native

Flowering time: mainly Oct. — Nov.

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Biology: Flowers in its first year and often then dies.

Author: Not yet available

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