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Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia
Linum vernale Woot.
Chihuahua Flax, Chihuahuan flax
Synonym(s): Cathartolinum vernale, Mesynium vernale
USDA Symbol: LIVE2
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
A very slender, erect plant with yellow-orange, bowl-shaped flowers, each with a maroon center.
This is a common species in parts of the Chihuahuan Desert. Only the very bases of the petals are joined, and when the corolla falls from the flower, breezes may blow it across the ground like a fragile saucer. It is representative of a number of western yellow-flowered species, most slender and wiry and many without maroon centers in the flowers.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Annual Habit: Herb Flower:
Bloom InformationBloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep
, TX Native Distribution:
Southern New Mexico, western Texas, and northern Mexico. Native Habitat:
Rocky, limestone soil in deserts.
Record Last Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff