Linum monogynum / Rauhuia / New Zealand linen flax
Last Modified: 4-1-2021 17:10
Linum monogynum / Rauhuia / New Zealand linen flax is an endemic flowering plant of the Linaceae family closely related to true flaxes (unrelated to NZ 'flax' or harakeke) of the Northern Hemishphere. The plant is characterised by its prolific white flowers with overlapping white petals up to about 25mm in diameter, flowering from late spring to summer, and is found in coastal environments where its salt and wind tolerance help it survive. Leaves are slightly greyish green, tapered to a point. L. monogynum is a perennial, however typically short lived. Although readily grown from seed, L. monogynum is declining in its natural habitat.
This example was observed on a rock face at Monkey Bay, Rarangi.
Location: Latitude: -41.391335 Longitude: 174.050201
Photographer: Christopher Cookson