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Published In: Species Plantarum 1: 277. 1753. (1 May 1753) (Sp. Pl.) Name publication detailView in BotanicusView in Biodiversity Heritage Library

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Acceptance : Accepted
Project Data     (Last Modified On 6/3/2011)
General/Distribution: A genus of about 230 temperate and sub-tropical species, abundant in the Mediterranean region.


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Erect herbs, rarely shrubby below. Leaves alternate, linear to lanceolate, sessile. Flowers ebracteate, 5-merous, in cymes or racemes. Sepals entire. Petals linear to lanceolate or obovate. Glands 5, adnate to the staminal tube, opposite the petals. Stamens 5, connate at the base; staminodes present or absent. Carpels 5; ovary 10-locular due to secondary septa; styles 5, free or connate at the base; stigma linear to capitate. Fruit a septicidal capsule.

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1 Plants annual. Flowers blue, yellow or red. (2)
+ Plants perennial. Flowers blue. Linum perenne
2 (1) Flowers yellow or red. Petals obovate (3)
+ Flowers blue. Petals linear to lanceolate. Linum usitatissimum
3 (2) Flowers yellow. Sepals glandular. Petals as long as the sepals Linum corymbulosum
+ Flowers red. Sepals eglandular. Petals much longer than the sepals Linum grandiflorum
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