Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Malpighiales

Linaceae - Flax family

Robson, N. (1963) Linaceae FZ 2(1)

Description of the family

Trees, shrubs, lianes or herbs. Stipules usually present. Leaves alternate or opposite, simple, entire. Flowers in terminal or axillary cymes, actinomorphic, bisexual. Sepals (4-)5. Petals (4-)5, contorted in bud. Stamens (4-)5-10. Ovary superior, 2-5-locular. Styles 5, free or united at the base. Fruit a capsule or drupe. Seeds smooth, flat.

Worldwide: 14 genera and 250 species, cosmopolitan.

Zimbabwe: 2 genera and 3 taxa.

Linum thunbergii

Links to genera:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this family

GenusContent
Hugonia L.Description, Image
Linum L.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Linaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Malawi: Linaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Linaceae
Flora of Zambia: Linaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Linaceae

External websites:

GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Linaceae
Google: Web - Images - Scholar


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-14

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2014). Flora of Zimbabwe: Family page: Linaceae.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=120, retrieved 28 December 2014

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