Pale Flax
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Pale Flax
B Introduced Photo: Aarti Khale
Common name: Pale Flax, Narrowleaf flax
Botanical name: Linum bienne    Family: Linaceae (Linum family)
Synonyms: Linum angustifolium, Linum arvense, Linum perenne

Pale Flax is a biennial or perennial plant, with long, narrow stems up to 60 cm tall and slender leaves 1.5-2.5 cm long. The flowers have five petals about 1 cm long, rounded at tips; they are pale blue to white, but streaked with darker color. Sepals are 4-5 mm, ovate to lanceshaped, margins translucent, inner sepals minutely fringed with hairs or toothed. Styles free, generally less than or 2 mm, stigmas linear to club-shaped. Linum bienne is believed to ne the probable wild forebear of the cultivated flax, and a fibre can be made from its stem. It is sometimes grown as a garden plant. Pale Flax is native to Macaronesia, W. Europe to Mediterranean and Iran. Elsewhere it is cultivated as a garden plant.

Identification credit: Aarti Khale Photographed at Gangajal Nursery, Nasik, Maharashtra.

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