Flax, Linum usitatissium

Flax, Linum usitatissium

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Caption: Flax, Linum usititassium. Capsules containing seeds of the flax plant. Flax is grown for both its seed oil and plant fibre. The oil is high in essential fatty acids, especially alpha-linoleic acid, an omega-3 fatty acid that is beneficial to human health. It is also used to make linseed oil which is used in industry, paints and varnishing. Flax has been grown for its plant fibre to make textiles for over 5,000 years. The fibre is extracted from the plant stem and woven into textiles such as linen, damask and lace.

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Keywords: agricultural, agriculture, botanical, botany, capsule, countryside, crop, essential fatty acid, farming, fatty acid, fibre crop, field, flax, linseed, linum usitatissium, nature, non-food crop, omega-3, plant, plants, seed pod

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