Flax is an erect annual plant growing to 1.2 m (3 ft 11 in) tall, with slender stems. The leaves are glaucous green, slender lanceolate, 2040 mm long and 3 mm broad. The flowers are pure pale blue, 1525 mm diameter, with five petals; they can also be bright red. The fruit is a round, dry capsule 59 mm diameter, containing several glossy brown seeds shaped like an apple pip, 47 mm long. In addition to referring to the plant itself, the word "flax" may refer to the unspun fibre's of the flax plant. Flax is grown both for its seeds and for its fibre's. Various parts of the plant have been used to make fabric, dye, paper, medicines, fishing nets, hair gels, and soap. Flax seed is the source of linseed oil, which has uses as an edible oil, as a nutritional supplement and as an ingredient in many wood finishing products. It is also grown as an ornamental plant in gardens. The Inca also used this to create bowstring.
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