E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Linum lewisii var. lewisii Pursh
Linaceae (Flax family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Distribution of Linum lewisii var. lewisii
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Species Information

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Perennial herb from a woody stem-base and a taproot; stems erect, usually several, simple, glabrous, 10-60 cm tall.
Stem leaves alternate, linear, 1-3 cm long, 1-3 mm wide, 3-nerved only at the bases.
Inflorescence of saucer-shaped flowers in a loose, terminal cluster on stalks 10-13 mm long; petals blue, 10-23 mm long, soon deciduous; sepals rounded at the tips, 4-7 mm long, the margins membranous, entire; styles heterostylic (of varying lengths).
Capsules, more or less round, 10-celled, 5-8 mm long; seeds 3.5-4.5 mm long, beakless.
The closely related European herb, L. perenne presently occurs in a population at Knox Mtn., Kelowna. It differs mainly in having styles of uniform size.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Mesic to dry meadows and forest openings from the lowland and steppe to subalpine zones; frequent in SC and NE BC, less frequent in SW and SE BC; N to AK, YT and NT, E to PQ and S to NM, AZ, CA and MX.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Adenolinum lewisii (Pursh) A. L÷ve & D. L÷ve
Linum perenne subsp. lewisii (Pursh) HultΘn
Linum perenne var. lewisii (Pursh) Eaton & J. Wright

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