12 gen., mostly temp.

Linum L.

6 species in Aust. (2 native, 4 naturalized); all states and territories except NT

Herbs. Leaves alternate, sessile, entire; stipules absent. Flowers regular, bisexual, in cymes. Sepals and petals 5, free. Stamens 5, sometimes alternating with 5 staminodes, hypogynous. Ovary superior, 5-locular, with 2 ovules per loculus. Fruit a subglobular capsule.