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Flax

Linum usitatissimum L.
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Abstract

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.

Keywords

Fibre Cell Flax Fibre Linum Usitatissimum Royal Botanic Garden Cambial Zone 
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© D. M. Catling and J. E. Grayson 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Forensic Science LaboratoryThe Metropolitan PoliceUK
  2. 2.Thames PolytechnicUK

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