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Cathartolinum catharticum (L,.) Small
Linum catharticum L. Sp. PI. 281. 1753. Cathartolinum pratense Reichenb. Handb. 307. 1S37.
Annual, glabrous, deep green, the stem simple, or usually branched at the base, the branches loosely corymbose above, 0.5-3 dm. tall, relatively slender; leaves few, mostly opposite, the blades obovate to oblong or linear-oblong, 0.4-1.3 cm. long, obtuse, very minutely toothed, sessile ; bracts similar to the leaves but smaller and more manifestly toothed ; outer sepals ovate-lanceolate, about 3 mm. long at maturity, acute, sparingl_v glandular-toothed ; inner sepals quite similar to the outer, but slightly broader and with more glandular teeth and rather acuminate ; petals white ; staminodia subulate ; styles distinct ; capsules ovoid or globose-ovoid, about 2 mm. long.
Type locality : Northern Europe.
Distribution : Nova Scotia. Naturalized from Europe.
bibliographic citation
John Kunkel Small, Lenda Tracy Hanks, Nathaniel Lord Britton. 1907. GERANIALES, GERANIACEAE, OXALIDACEAE, LINACEAE, ERYTHROXYLACEAE. North American flora. vol 25(1). New York Botanical Garden, New York, NY
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