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Granite Lake Basin - Sue Smith

Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Linum lewisii - Lewis flax

Other Common Names: western blue flax, prairie flax
Plant Form: Forb

Family: Linaceae

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Granite Mtn - Tr 308
Sue Smith
Granite Mtn - Tr 308
Sue Smith
Granite Mtn - Tr 308
Sue Smith
Plant - summer
Granite Mtn - Tr 308
Sue Smith
Granite Mtn - Tr 308
Sue Smith
Forb Plant Description

Origin: Native   Life Cycle: Perennial
General Desc: Delicate blue flowers are found loosely clustered on the tips of slender leafy stems.
Identification notes: Perennial, erect stems branched from base. Leaves alternate, linear, sometimes involute. Clusters of blue 5-petaled flowers about 1 to 1-1/2 inches across, veined in darker blue. Seed capsules are round and split into sections, each with 1 to 2 seeds.
Height: 2-1/2 feet


Habitat Description: Well-drained soil in prairies, meadows, clearings in ponderosa pine forests, mountain slopes, ledges and other open places.
Plant Communities: Interior Chaparral, Semidesert Grasslands, Pinyon Juniper Woodland, Montane Conifer Forest
Elevation: 3500 - 9500 feet

Flower Characteristics

Color: Blue     Shape: Regular in round clusters     Tubular: N     Flowering Period: Mar - Sep
Description: 5-petaled blue flowers with a yellow center are loosely clustered atop slender leafy stems. Flowers are to 1 inch wide. Flowers wilt and drop off by midday.

Leaf and Stem Characteristics

Leaf Color: Green     Leaf Type: Simple     Leaf Shape: Narrow     Leaf Margin: Smooth     Leaf Attachment: Alternate     Leaves Clasp: N
Hairs: No     Spines: N
Leaf Description: Finely textured narrow leaves to 1 inch long are crowded along the stem.

Fruit and Seed Characteristics

Fruit Color: Brown   
Fruit Type: Capsule
Fruit Notes: Capsules are egg-shaped with a sharp tip.
Seed Notes: Tiny seeds are dark brown, smooth and shiny.

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