Linanthus Benth.

Greek linon — flax, anthos — flower, referring to the similarity of flowers in this genus to those of Linum.

Annual or perennial upright or spreading herbs to about 0.5 m tall. Leaves alternate or opposite, simple, palmate or pinnate with 3-11 lobes. Flower clusters in either an open flat-topped head or dense cluster. Sepals deeply cut and generally with a transparent margin. Corolla white, yellow or blue. Fruit a cylindrical to ellipsoid capsule.


Upright or spreading herbs with leaves opposite, at least at the base; stamens attached at the same level in the flower tube.

35 species from W North America and Chile.

Source: Spencer, R. (2002). Polemoniaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 4. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 3. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Asteranae
order      Ericales
family       Polemoniaceae
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