CRIMSON FLAX

RED FLAX

Linum grandiflorum

Flax Family [Linaceae]

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status
statusZneophyte
flower
flower8red
inner
inner8indigo
morph
morph8actino
petals
petalsZ5
stem
stem8round

4th July 2015, unknown location. Photo: © Bastiaan Brak
Sepals long and pointed. Leaves lanceolate and without stalks.


4th July 2015, unknown location. Photo: © Bastiaan Brak
It seems like the crimson petals can vary somewhat in shape (compare with the specimen below).


12th sept 2014, A671 Roundabout, Barracks, Burnley, Lancs. Photo: © RWD
A striking crimson-red garden flower which grows to maybe 20cm. It is probably part of so-called 'wildflower' seed mixtures often unscrupulously sold to un-suspecting wild-flower gardeners.


12th sept 2014, A671 Roundabout, Barracks, Burnley, Lancs. Photo: © RWD
Five petals and 5 thin reddish stamens. In the centre are 5 indigo-coloured stigmas. The corolla has an inner corona looking like a dye-stain.


12th sept 2014, A671 Roundabout, Barracks, Burnley, Lancs. Photo: © RWD
Fruits developing.


12th sept 2014, A671 Roundabout, Barracks, Burnley, Lancs. Photo: © RWD
Centre: a developed fruit amidst a crowd of other species.


4th July 2015, unknown location. Photo: © Bastiaan Brak
As-yet unopened flower buds.


Not to be semantically confused with : any Toadflaxes such as Purple Toadflax (Linaria purpurea), Ivy-leaved Toadflax (Cymbalaria muralis), Sand Toadflax (Linaria arenaria), Malling Toadflax (Chaenorhinum origanifolium), Bastard Toadflax (Thesium humifusum) Flax Dodder (Cuscuta epilinum), Flaxfield Rye-grass (Lolium remotum), New-Zealand Flax (Phormium tenax), Toadflax-leaved St. John's-wort (Hypericum linariifolium) [plants with similar names belonging to differing families]

A neophyte and a garden escapee which might be proliferating disguised as an admixture within so-called 'wild-flower seed packs' sold by un-scrupulous garden centres and other retail outlets.


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Linum
(Flaxes)

CRIMSON FLAX

RED FLAX

Linum grandiflorum

Flax Family [Linaceae]