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Linum rupestre – Rock Flax

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Linum rupestre - Rock Flax

  Linum rupestre – Rock Flax

Here’s a different look at the Rock Flax, this time from above.  Although not as artistic as the previous photo, this one does have the advantage of making it easier to identify the plant. Note the five petals and the yellow throat. Although not as obvious, another differentiating factor is the spindly stem, that grows upright from one to two feet tall.

Linum rupestre – Rock Flax

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 Linum rupestre - Rock Flax

Linum rupestre – Rock Flax

This is actually a fairly nondescript little yellow flower that grows in calcareous soils, hence the name Rock Flax. It is often found on caliche out in the sun. The yellow flowers have five petals. This photo was taken in an attempt to show the “tiny gland-tipped teeth” that line the margins of the sepals.  Not sure that goal was completely achieved, but the photo is aesthetically pleasing nonetheless.

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