Linum usitatissimum L.

 
  • Family : LINACEAE
    (FLAX FAMILY)
  • Family (as per The Plant List) : Linaceae
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Linum usitatissimum L.
  • Common name : Flax seeds, Linseed
  • Vernacular name : Alsi, Thisi (Hindi); Avisi (Telugu); Pesu (Oria); Jawas, Alsi (Marathi); Alshi (Tamil)
  • Habit : Herb
  • Habitat : Cultivated
  • Comments / notes : Found in wild as an escape. Seed oil is extensively used in paints and lubricants
  • Flower, Fruit : January-October
  • World Distribution : Europe, Asia
  • Conservation Status : Not Evaluated (NE)
  • Literature : Pullaiah et al., 2002 - Flora of Eastern Ghats Vol. 1; H.O. Saxena & M. Brahmam, 1994- Flora of Orissa Vol. 1; H. O. Saxena and M. Brahmam, 1989 - The Flora of Similipahar (Similipal), Orissa; Henry, Kumari & Chithra (1983). Flora of Tamil Nadu, India vol. 1.
  • Citation : Sankara Rao, K., Raja K Swamy, Deepak Kumar, Arun Singh R. and K. Gopalakrishna Bhat (2019). Flora of Peninsular India. http://peninsula.ces.iisc.ac.in/plants.php?name=Linum usitatissimum. Downloaded on 12 December 2019.

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