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Niall F. McCarten

Annual, perennial herb, shrub
Stem generally erect, branched, glabrous, hairy, or glandular
Leaves generally cauline, alternate, opposite, or whorled, simple, sessile, generally linear to ovate; stipules glandular or 0
Inflorescence: raceme or cyme, axillary, open to dense
Flower generally bisexual, radial, nodding in bud; sepals 4–5, free, glabrous, hairy, or margins gland-toothed; petals 4–5, free, blue, white, yellow, or pink, ephemeral; stamens 4–5, alternate petals, generally appendaged; staminodes alternate stamens or 0; ovary superior, chambers 2–5 but becoming 4–10 by growth of false septa, styles 2–5
Fruit: generally capsule
Genera in family: 13 genera, 300 species: worldwide, especially temp; some cultivated (Linum usitatissimum , flax, linseed; L. bienne, L. grandiflorum , ornamental)
Reference: [Robertson 1971 J Arnold Arbor 52: 649–665]


Species in genus: 1 sp
Etymology: (Greek & Latin: hard flax, from fruit walls)
Reference: [Rogers 1966 Madroño 18:181–184]
Segregated from Linum.


S. digynum (A. Gray) C. Rogers

Annual, glabrous
Stem erect, 5–20 cm
Leaves opposite, ± erect, 5–16 mm, oblong; lower leaves entire; upper leaves serrate; stipules 0
Inflorescence: cyme, dense; bracts leaf-like; pedicels < 3 mm
Flower: sepals 5, 2–3 mm, unequal, margins gland-toothed; petals 5, 3–4 mm, unappendaged, yellow; stamens 5, unappendaged; ovary chambers 4, styles 2, free, 1 mm, stigmas > styles in width
Fruit: nutlets 4; surfaces rough
Seed ± 1 mm
Chromosomes: n=8
Ecology: Generally moist meadows
Elevation: 1000–1800 m.
Bioregional distribution: Klamath Ranges, Cascade Range, Sierra Nevada
Distribution outside California: to Washington, Idaho

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