Vascular Plants of the Gila Wilderness
Presented in Association with the
Western New Mexico University Department
of Natural Sciences
Linum vernale Wooton
(Chihuahua Yellow Flax, Chihuahuan Flax)
Cathartolinum vernale (Wooton) Small
Linum vernale is a short herb much branched from the base. The leaves and stems are glabrous. The inner portion of the
petal is bright red, followed by a narrow zone of white or pale yellow. The largest and
outermost portion of the petal is bright orange-yellow. Linum puberulum has a similar flower but pubescent foliage. Both species have linear leaves. Linum vernale is found in lower to middle elevations on rocky slopes.
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Linum vernale, photo Russ Kleinman & Bill Norris, Burro Mtns., US 180N near Mangus, May 23, 2007
Linum vernale, closeup of flower, photo Russ Kleinman, Burro Mtns., US 180N near Mangus, May 23, 2007
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