Texas Yellow Flax
Linum medium, Var. texanum
Linaceae (Flax) Family


Flax is an upright. smooth, branching annual or perennial. Its preferred habitat is prairies, calcareous glades and rocky woods. distribution is throughout the Escambia region.

The upper leaves are alternate on the stem and the lower leaves are opposite, no teeth and no lobes, linear in outline, no leaf stalks (sessile).

The flowers are in a panicle. Each flower is bisexual in nature and symmetrical in form; five sepals, five petals, yellow in color; five stamens.

Fruit is a capsule.

This herb (rarely in shrub or tree form) has flowers borne in a forked cluster. There are about 12 genera and almost 300 species distributed throughout the world. Linen and linseed oil are obtained from the family.

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