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Linum usitatissimum (Flax, Linseed)

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Core Eudicots > Rosids > Eurosid I > Order: Malpighiales > Family: Linaceae

Probably native to Asia and cultivated in southern Africa. Flax is derived from the stem fibers, which are durable and of high tensile strength; linseed oil is derived from the seeds and is used in the manufacture of paints, varnishes and printing ink.

Linum usitatissimum (Flax, Linseed)

Linum usitatissimum, Vienna Botanical Gardens, Austria. [photo H.G. Robertson, Iziko ]