Genera : 6 - 13
Species: 220 - 300
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Distribution: Widespread in temperate regions, with a few in the tropics.
Economic Uses: Most important as the source of flax fiber used in cigarette papers,fine writing paper and linen cloth. Also the source of linseed oil useed in paint, ink and varnish. The remaining seed pulp from this extraction is a source of animal feed.
Defining Features of Interest: The family is well defined by its distinctive flower characters, which include deciduous petals, which fall easily.
Fossil Evidence:No known fossil record.