Wild Florida Photo - Linum carteri

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Linum carteri

  var.  smallii

SMALL'S FLAX

Florida native

Endemic to Florida

Endangered Florida species

 

A rare herbaceous perennial of pinelands in southern Florida, found only in Lee, Hendry, Collier, Miami-Dade and the mainland portion of Monroe County.
Small's flax is a glabrous (smooth) plant, differentiating it from Carter's flax (var. carteri, which is pubescent. The plant grows from 15-61 cm (6-24 in.) tall, with few branches and forked flowering spikes. Leaves are alternate, narrowly linear from 1.25-2 cm (1/2-3/4 in.) long. The flowers have 5 yellow petals with slightly ragged squared-off tips.

 
Linum carteri is a member of the Linaceae - Flax family.