Orange Flax

Genus Linum
Flax Family (Linaceae)





Orange Flax
   Photograph by Sandra Bray


Orange Flax
(Linum puberulum)


I have seen this little plant growing in several places in Wayne County, Utah. It is fairly easy to find when it is blooming. The ones I have seen are only about 4 inches tall, but the flowers are about the size of a penny, and they show up quite well.

I was told by a professional botanist that this was a flax, but had never seen a picture or description of it in a book until quite recently.

I first found it described in the book "Desert Wildflowers of North America", by Ronald J. Taylor. The range was said to be "from the Painted Desert through the Sonoran Desert of Arizona and into the Chihuahuan Desert of New Mexico and western Texas", which is far south of the area where these were found (central Utah).


The flowers shown in the illustration in Taylor's book look identical to the ones I have seen in Utah. If it is not the same species, it must at least be a very closely related one.



Orange Flax
   Photograph by Sandra Bray




Government Creek Cove
Wayne County, Utah


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Photographed
by Sandra Bray