Linum medium (Planch.) Britt.

Linum medium plant

Family - Linaceae

Stems - No info. yet.

Leaves - No info. yet.

Linum medium stemStem and leaves.

Inflorescence - No info. yet.

Flowers - No info. yet.

Linum medium flowerThumb and fingers left for scale...

Linum medium flower...Without thumb.

Linum medium calyxCalyx.

Flowering - May - August.

Habitat - Rocky open woods, prairies, glades. Typically in acid soils.

Origin - Native to U.S.

Other info. - This little species can be found in the Ozark region of Missouri and in a few eastern counties north of the Missouri River. The plant is easily identified by its small yellow flowers, thin stems (which are NOT winged), and its small, thin, mostly alternate leaves. Another species, L. sulcatum Riddell, is similar but has two small black glands at the base of each of its leaves. Of these two species, L. medium prefers a more acid soil.

Photographs taken off Hwy H, Shannon County, MO., 6-13-03.