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Linum strictum L. Sp., Pl. 279. 1753; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 1: 411. 1874.

Annual or biennial herbs, 10 - 50 cm high, usually corymbosely branched above, glabrous to sparsely pubescent. Leaves sessile, 10 -15 mm long, linear, linear-oblong or lanceolate, acute or rounded at base, acute or acuminate at apex, scabrid along margin. Flowers ca 8 mm across, in corymbose cymes; pedicels short. Sepals 3 - 6 mm long, glandular along margin. Petals yellow. Ovary globose; styles free; stigmas capitate. Capsules ca 6 mm in diam., globose.

Fl. & Fr. April - Aug.

Distrib. India: Jammu & Kashmir(Kashmir).

Pakistan, Afghanistan, W. Asia, S. Europe and Mediterranean region.

Notes. This species is reported to be cultivated in Afghanistan for seed oil and fodder. The seeds are considered emollient in Spain.

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