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Genus of the Week

Week of Mar. 2 - 8

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This page has been created for people who want to learn more about plants, especially in the context of their taxonomy (Latin names, etc.). This is by no means an exhaustive list of all available Web resources on a particular genus.

This week's genus:


Linum

Subclass: Dicotyledoneae
Superorder: Rosidae
Order: Geraniales
Family: Linaceae: Flaxes and Linseed
Number of Species:approximately 230
Root: Old English "line", referring to the flax fibers.

The genus Linum is of great economic importance because it is the source of both flax fibers and linseed oil (L. usitatissimum). Flax fiber is used to make several products, including linen and stationery, while linseed oil can be found in many paints, varnishes and inks. Other plants of this species are grown as ornamentals or live in wild populations.

Here are a few links to images and descriptions of different Linum species:


References:

  1. Heywood, V.H., ed. Flowering Plants of the World. New York, Oxford University Press: 1993.
  2. Neiring, William A. and Nancy C. Olmstead., eds. The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Wildflowers, Eastern Region. Alfred A. Knopf, New York: 1979.

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