Taxonomy

Linum usitatissimum | Flax | Líon

Distribution

Status

Conservation status

Not protected

Native status

Neophyte

Species Biology

Habitat

Fields

Life cycle

Annual

Ex-situ conservation

Seed accessions in the National Genebank, Backweston (acquired 2009) and material held by the Irish Seed Savers Association and Heritage Gardening Ltd.

Use

Thatching

Vegetative nature

Herbaceous

Distribution

World distribution(GBIF)

Temporal change

Records submitted to Data Centre in 2021

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Further information

Formally widely grown as flax for linen in the north-east. Also used for thatching in the past, particularly in the north where it was mostly cultivated. Infrequently found as a casual or escape from cultivation. Sometimes found as a casual from discarded birdseed.

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