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Seeds of Trade

 
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Product: Flax

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   Flax belongs to these categories: Fibres, Oils, fats and waxes
   and originated in these regions: Eurasia, Middle East

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FLAX

Linum usitatissimum L. (Linaceae).

First given its scientific name by Carolus Linnaeus in 1753, from plants cultivated in George Clifford's garden in the Netherlands.

Originally from Europe and the Near East.

Life form: annual herb.

Parts used: stems used as a fibre; seeds used for oil.

Ploidy level: diploid.

  

Specimen from the Clifford Herbarium at the Natural History Museum, London (Linum usitatissimum L. - Flax)