Linum trigynum L.

French Flax

Sp. Pl. 279 (1753) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Glabrous annual herb, 10–70 cm high; stems erect or ascending, unbranched or few-branched mainly near base. Leaves linear to linear-lanceolate or narrow-elliptic, 5–20 mm long, 1–2.5 mm wide, acuminate, bases decurrent, margins entire, glabrous. Inflorescences loosely corymbose; pedicels slender, erect, to c. 5 mm long. Sepals lanceolate to ovate, 3–4 mm long, margins glandular-ciliolate; petals obovate, 4–6 mm long, yellow; anthers yellow; styles free, stigmas capitate. Capsule 2–3 mm diam., beaked; seeds 1–2 mm long, brown. Flowers mostly Sep.–Feb.

*CVU, *DunT, *EGL, *EGU, *GipP, *HSF, *OtR, *Strz, *VRiv, *VVP, *WaP. Naturalised all States except NT. Native to southern Europe and the Mediterranean but widely naturalised elsewhere. Widespread but rarely common, found in disturbed sites in higher-rainfall parts of the State.

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: Val Stajsic, 2020-12-30
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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 trigynum in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Linum trigynum in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Victorian Riverina present introduced
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Warrnambool Plain present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised
Dundas Tablelands present naturalised
East Gippsland Lowlands present naturalised
East Gippsland Uplands present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised
Otway Ranges present naturalised
Strzelecki Ranges present introduced

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory