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Linum bienne Mill.
pale flax
Linaceae (Flax family)

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Species Information

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Biennial, or sometimes perennial herb from a taproot; stems erect, solitary, branched, glabrous, 10-50 cm tall.
Stem leaves alternate, linear-lanceolate, 1-2 cm long, 1-2 mm wide, 3-veined at least 1/2 their length.
Inflorescence of saucer-shaped flowers in a loose, terminal cluster on stalks 5-18 mm long; petals blue, 8-10 mm long, soon deciduous; sepals tapering to a narrow tip, 4-6 mm long, glabrous, the margins rarely hairy.
Capsules, 5-6 mm long; seeds 2-3 mm long, egg-shaped, beakless.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Mesic fields in the lowland zone; rare in SW BC; introduced from Europe.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Linum bienne

The table below shows the species-specific information calculated from
original data (BEC database) provided by the BC Ministry of Forests and Range.
(Updated August, 2013)

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Value / Class




Elevation (metres) 1094 1094 1094
Slope Gradient (%) 58 58 58
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
1 1 1
Modal Nutrient Regime
Number of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in: IDF(1)


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Linum angustifolium Huds.

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