Linum corymbulosum Reichenb. (India: Jammu & Kashmir (Kashmir); Pakistan, Afghanistan, W. Asia, S. Europe to E. Africa through Mediterranean region and Canary Islands)
Linum mysurense Heyne (India: Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala; Sri Lanka)
Linum perenne L. (India: In Western Himalayas between 2500 and 4000 m. Jammu & Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh; Pakistan, China (Tibet), C. & E. Europe, C.I.S. and W. North America)
Linum strictum L. (India: Jammu & Kashmir (Kashmir); Pakistan, Afghanistan, W. Asia, S. Europe and Mediterranean region)
Linum usitatissimum L. (Cultivated throughout India up to 2000 m in the Himalayas. Sometimes found as an escape; Not known in wild, origin uncertain, widely cultivated in Europe and Asia)


Binomial Habit Notes References Distribution Common name

Heyne ex Benth. 
Herb Western Ghats
& Eastern Ghats, Evergreen Forests
Flora of Tamil
Nadu, VOL. I, 1983
Dindigul, Kanniyakumari, Nilgiri, Salem, Theni
Linum usitatissimum L. Herb Plains,
Occasionally Cultivated / Escape
of Tamil Nadu, VOL. I, 1983


Botanical name Synonyms Family Common name
Linum grandiflorum Linum rubrum, Linum grandiflorum var. rubrum Linaceae Scarlet Flax
Linum mysorense Linum mysurense Linaceae Mysore Flax
Linum usitatissimum Linaceae Flax

Linum corymbulosum Reichenb. (S. Europe. Mediterranean region, Canary Islands, E. Africa, Afghanistan, India and W. Pakistan)
Linum grandiflorum Desf. (Temperate and warm regions throughout the world)
Linum perenne Linn. (Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, Western N. America, India and W. Pakistan)
Linum usitatissimum Linn. (Widely cultivated in Europe and Asia. Origin unknown but the plant has been in cultivation from prehistoric times)

Linum usitatissimum L. (Cultivated in temperate regions and in India, Kashmir, Tibet)

Linum corymbulosum Reichenbach [Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Russia; N Africa, SW Asia, Europe].
Linum nutans Maximowicz [India (Sikkim), N Mongolia, Russia (E Siberia)].
Linum perenne Linnaeus [Mongolia, Russia; W Asia, Europe].
Linum usitatissimum Linnaeus [origin uncertain but possibly the Mediterranean region and/ or parts of W Asia and W Europe, widely cultivated].

Flora of Eastern Ghats: Hill Ranges of South East India, Volume 1 By T. Pullaiah, D. Muralidhara Rao, K. Sri Ramamurthy (2003)- Details with keys-
Pharmacognosy (2009)- Details-
Wild Crop Relatives: Genomic and Breeding Resources: Oilseeds edited by Chittaranjan Kole (2011)- Details- Linum

An Excursion Flora of Central Tamilnadu, India By K. M. Matthew (1995)- details-
Floriculture in India By Gurcharan Singh Randhawa, Amitabha Mukhopadhyay (1986)- Details-
Gardening in India By George Marshall Woodrow, G Marshall (1999)- Details-
Flora of Davanagere District, Karnataka, India By B. K. Manjunatha (2004)- Details-
Indigenous Drugs Of India By Chopra R N (1933)- Details-
Practical Gardening In India By R. Barton West (1999)- Details-

Linum (Linaceae) : 1 post by 1 author.

I have updated eFI (efloraofindia) page on Linum (Pl. click).

Attempts have been made to incorporate most of the species available in India & nearby areas with details & keys directly or through links as far as possible. It’s quite possible that there may be some discrepancy in the accepted names & synonyms taken from other links.

Species discussed so far in efloraofindia are given at the bottom of the page in the form of links against Subpages. On clicking them one can see all the details.

Any comments/ corrections are welcome.

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