Linum

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Erect annual or perennial herbs, more or less glabrous. Leaves alternate, entire or minutely toothed, sessile; stipules absent. Inflorescences terminal cymes, usually corymbose. Sepals 5, persistent in fruit; petals 5; stamens 5, alternating with 5 staminodes; ovary usually with 5 fused carpels; ovules 2 per carpel; styles usually 5, free or united for much of their length, stigmas capitate or decurrent along inner side of styles. Capsule subglobose (in Victoria) to ovoid, dehiscing by 10 valves; seeds 10.

About 230 species, distribution as for family; 6 species in Australia (2 native and 4 naturalized).

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.
 
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Malpighiales
family Linaceae
Higher taxa
genus Linum
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