Flax

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Flax
Linum usitatissimum - Köhler–s Medizinal-Pflanzen-088.jpg
Common Flax
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L. usitatissimum
Binomial name
Linum usitatissimum

Flax (also known as common flax or linseed) (Linum usitatissimum) is a plant.

The fibres of flax are used to make linen. High-quality paper used in banknotes is also made from flax fibres. An oil (linseed oil) can be made from the dried ripe flax seeds. Flax has been used for a long time in such tasks as making bows and candles.

You can also consume flaxseed, but only if it is properly processed.