L., Sp. Pl. 279 (1753).
Synonymy: L. gallicum L., Sp. Pl. edn 2, 1:410 (1762).
Common name: French flax.
Glabrous annual with slender erect stems 10-50 cm high, unbranched or with a few branches from near the base; leaves linear or linear-lanceolate to linear-oblanceolate, l-nerved, 5-20 mm long.
Flowers in loose corymbose panicles; pedicels slender, erect, rarely more than 5 mm long; sepals lanceolate to ovate, somewhat attenuate at the apex, 3-4 mm long, with the nerve somewhat thickened towards the base, glandular-ciliolate on the margins; petals nearly twice as long as the sepals, yellow; anthers yellow; styles free; stigmas capitate.
Capsule c. 2-2.5 mm across, abruptly pointed, about half to four-fifths the length of the sepals; seeds brown, c. 1.5-2 mm long.
||Linum trigynum habit and fruit with calyx.
Image source: fig 394c in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).|
Hegi (1935) Illustrierte Flora von Mittel-Europa 4, 1:fig. 1671a-c.
S.Aust.: LE, FR, NL, YP, SL, KI, SE. W.Aust.; Qld; N.S.W.; Vic. New Zealand; native to southern Europe and the Mediterranean.
Flowering time: Oct. — Feb.
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