Monday, August 27, 2012
Lincum usitatissimum is an annual plant with slender stems arching from a main stem that can reach up to 3 feet in height. Of the Linaceae family, flax is a widely cultivated plant whose fibres are used in textile production. High concentrations of Omega 3 fatty acids in flax seed make the plant beneficial to human health and linseed oil extracted from the seed can be useful to carpenters. Flax seed is also widely integrated into animal feeds, which may explain the fact that I found the plant growing in a ditch next to a horse barn. So flax is a bit of a multi-tasker - apparently Usitatissimum means very useful.
So there you have it. No more sleepless nights for me spent worrying over this little plant's name (I really need to get a life), thanks to Roncoroni and Dean. The plant itself has now gone to seed. I am hoping it will make a reapperance, same time, same place, next year. Cute flower.