Linum marginale A.Cunn. ex Planch.

Native Flax

London J. Bot. 7: 169 (1848) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Glabrous, often glaucous perennial herb, 10–70(–100) cm high; stems erect, unbranched or branched near base, striate. Leaves linear to linear-elliptic, 5–20 mm long, 1–2(–3) mm wide, acuminate, margins entire. Inflorescences loose terminal corymbose panicles or rarely flowers solitary; pedicels slender, erect, 5–25 mm long, elongating in fruit. Sepals ovate, 3–6 mm long, acute or acuminate, margins white-membranous and ciliolate; petals obovate to obovate-cuneate, 8–15 mm long, blue, rarely white, often veined darker; anthers white; styles united from base for greater than half their length, stigmas linear, decurrent along inner side of style-branches. Capsule 3–6 mm diam., beaked; seeds 2.5–3 mm long, brown. Flowers mostly spring and summer.

CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, LoM, MonT, MuF, MuM, MSB, NIS, OtP, OtR, RobP, SnM, Strz, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. All states except NT. Also New Zealand. Widespread in grassland and open-forest through much of the State, from near sea-level to the higher alps.

Suspected of being poisonous to stock.

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1999). Linaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Neville Walsh, 2014-09-08
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Malpighiales
family Linaceae
genus Linum
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Linum marginale in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Linum marginale in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Scroll Belt present native
Robinvale Plains present native
Murray Fans present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory