Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Malpighiales

Linaceae - Flax family

Robson, N.K.B. (1963) Linaceae Flora Zambesiaca 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, sometimes solitary, actinomorphic, bisexual. Sepals (4-)5. Petals (4-)5, contorted in bud. Stamens (4-)5-10. Ovary superior, 2-5-locular. Styles as many as cells of the ovary, free or united at the base. Fruit a capsule or drupe. Seeds smooth, flat.

Worldwide: 14 genera and 250 species, cosmopolitan.

Caprivi: 1 genus and 1 taxon.

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Other sources of information about Linaceae:

Our websites:

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

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Linaceae
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Linaceae
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Linaceae
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Linaceae
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Linaceae
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Linaceae
JSTOR Plant Science: Linaceae
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Linaceae
Wikipedia: Linaceae
Plants of the World Online: Linaceae
Tropicos: Linaceae



Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Caprivi: Family page: Linaceae.
https://www.capriviflora.com/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=120, retrieved 30 May 2023

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