Botanical name

Linum africanum

Family

Linaceae

Common Name

Cape Flax
Linum africanum
Linum africanum

Description

Hairless perennial up to 50cm arising from a woody persistent rootstock. Leaves are narrow and lance-shaped, sessile, with a small, dark gland at the base of each leaf; flowers are a bright yellow and are often flushed red on the reverse, the petals dropping easily; styles are joined to about the middle.

Habitat

Lower sand or limestone slopes and flats usually near the coast

Flower Date

September to January