Common flax is the common name of linum usitatissimum. The flowers are blue and bloom in June and July. The plant grows one and a half feet tall.

Flowering Stem of Common Flax

Common flax is the common name of linum usitatissimum. The flowers are blue and bloom in June and July.…

Common New Zealand flax is the common name of phormium tenax. The flowers are yellow or red and two inches long. The flowers bloom in August.

Common New Zealand Flax

Common New Zealand flax is the common name of phormium tenax. The flowers are yellow or red and two…

A genus of parasitic plants, natural order Concolvulaceae. Dodder.

Cuscuta

A genus of parasitic plants, natural order Concolvulaceae. Dodder.

"Decorticator for ramie, jute, hemp, flax, and other textiles in green stalks. The machine is quadruple in its action. It consists in four feeders and four cleaners, inside of which revolves, horizontally, a large cogged wheel acting as a circular carrier. It brings the crushed plant in, and draws from it, the revolving cleaners, as follows: A, crushing rollers, through which the green stalks are passed, and placed on the rim of the large cogged wheel or circular carrier. B,rim of the carrier, on which hangs the flattened plant coming from the rollers. C, revolving cleaners, furnished with knives attracting the plant while it is drawn by the circular motion of the carrier. D, small cog-wheels in contact with the large wheels, and keeping the plant under pressure. F, projecting bar to direct the fiber into the cleaners. G, opening to take off the cleaned fiber." -Watts, 1874

Decorticator

"Decorticator for ramie, jute, hemp, flax, and other textiles in green stalks. The machine is quadruple…

The flax plant supplied the threads required for the linen manufactured into clothing before cotton became popular.

flax

The flax plant supplied the threads required for the linen manufactured into clothing before cotton…

The Common Flax flower, of the Order Linaceae.

Flax

The Common Flax flower, of the Order Linaceae.

Flax is used commercially to produce linen due to its heavy fiber content.

Flax

Flax is used commercially to produce linen due to its heavy fiber content.

Flax is used commercially to produce linen due to its heavy fiber content.

Flax

Flax is used commercially to produce linen due to its heavy fiber content.

Scene from the story, "The Flax."

Flax

Scene from the story, "The Flax."

A small flax plant.

Flax

A small flax plant.

Flax (also known as common flax or linseed) (binomial name: Linum usitatissimum) is a member of the genus Linum in the family Linaceae. It is native to the region extending from the eastern Mediterranean to India and was probably first domesticated in the Fertile Crescent. Flax is an erect annual plant growing to 1.2 m tall, with slender stems. The leaves are glaucous green, slender lanceolate, 20–40 mm long and 3 mm broad. The flowers are pure pale blue, 15–25 mm diameter, with five petals; they can also be bright red. The fruit is a round, dry capsule 5–9 mm diameter, containing several glossy brown seeds shaped like an apple pip, 4–7 mm long.

Flax

Flax (also known as common flax or linseed) (binomial name: Linum usitatissimum) is a member of the…

"The most common variety of the flax plant has a very slender erect stem, two or three feet high, branching only near the top, so as to form a loose corymb of flowers." -Lupton

Flax Plant

"The most common variety of the flax plant has a very slender erect stem, two or three feet high, branching…

The flax plant supplies the thread required for linen manufacturing.

Flax Plant

The flax plant supplies the thread required for linen manufacturing.

"The following is a figure of a hatchel or flax-comb." — Goodrich, 1844

Egyptian flax-comb

"The following is a figure of a hatchel or flax-comb." — Goodrich, 1844

The Common Flax flower, of the Order Linaceae, cut in half.

Flower

The Common Flax flower, of the Order Linaceae, cut in half.

The common name of linum is flax. The grandiflorum variety has large, rose colored flowers. The plant grows between six and twelve inches tall.

Habit and Detached Portion of Inflorescence of Linum Grandiflorum

The common name of linum is flax. The grandiflorum variety has large, rose colored flowers. The plant…

Linum perenne is a variety of flax. The plant is erect growing and branchy. The flowers are small and blue. It is native to Europe.

Linum Perenne

Linum perenne is a variety of flax. The plant is erect growing and branchy. The flowers are small and…

New Zealand Flax is a liliaceous plant bearing tough, radical leaves, usually about four feet in length. In early autumn it bears large, reddish or yellow flowers, with tubular perianths. The plant yields a valuable fiber which is stripped by machinery and used for making baskets, ropes, etc. This illustration shows flowers of the New Zealand Flax.

New Zealand Flax (Flowers)

New Zealand Flax is a liliaceous plant bearing tough, radical leaves, usually about four feet in length.…

New Zealand Flax is a liliaceous plant bearing tough, radical leaves, usually about four feet in length. in early autumn, it bears large, reddish or yellow flowers, with tubular perianths. The plant yields a valuable fiber which is stripped by machinery and used for making baskets, ropes, etc. This illustration shows fruit of New Zealand Flax

New Zealand Flax (Fruit)

New Zealand Flax is a liliaceous plant bearing tough, radical leaves, usually about four feet in length.…

The pod of Common Flax cut across.

Pod

The pod of Common Flax cut across.

"Scutching-machine or Scutcher for Flax. a, feed-table on which the flax is fed to the fluted rollers b, b', which seize it and present it to the scutches or beaters c, fastened by supports d to the rotating drum e. The latter revolves in a case f, with a grating at the bottom. The feed-rolls are driven by gearing i." -Whitney, 1911

Scutcher

"Scutching-machine or Scutcher for Flax. a, feed-table on which the flax is fed to the fluted rollers…

"Scutching-sword and Stand. A beating-implement used in scutching flax by hand. The sword a is held in the right hand, which with the left a handful of the bruised stems is introduced into the grove g in the stand b. A band stretched from the stand to a stake h causes the sword to rebound after each downward blow." -Whitney, 1911

Scutching Sword

"Scutching-sword and Stand. A beating-implement used in scutching flax by hand. The sword a is held…

"The spinning-wheel." - Beard, 1906

Diagram of a spinning-wheel

"The spinning-wheel." - Beard, 1906

A type of flower.

Toad Flax

A type of flower.