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Flax is a member of the family Linaceae which has 12 genera. The genus Linum has 230 species. Only L. usitatissimum is of great commercial importance; it is the source of flax and, also, of linseed. The two products are not collected from the same crop. Varieties which yield high-quality fibre do not produce a good harvest of seed, and methods of cultivation differ according to the purpose for which the crop is grown.
KeywordsFibre Cell Flax Fibre Linum Usitatissimum Royal Botanic Garden Cambial Zone
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