Experiments have been conducted in a 10 m long laboratory flume to investigate the bedforms which develop from fine, cohesionless sediment beds. Two grades of near uniformly sized silica grains (of median nominal diameters 15 and 66 μm) and six grades of micaceous flakes (ranging in median nominal diameter from 15.5 to 76 μm) were used. A steady subcritical water discharge, which was increased in steps after several hours, was applied to a flat bed of each grade. The developing bedform sequence for fine granular beds was identified as many small-sized primary ripples, isolated primary, transverse primary, secondary ripples and then possibly dunes; this development was almost the same as that observed for coarser grains. The sequence for fine flake beds differed from grains. Only the single bedform type of parting lineations was observed; with increased discharge, the lineations began to oscillate and eventually enter into fluid suspension. The low discharge parallel lineations were thought to be generated by ‘streaks’ or lanes of transversely alternate high and low velocity fluid which have been reported to exist in the viscous sub-layer of a turbulent-smooth boundary, whilst the higher discharge wandering lineations were attributed to low velocity streak ‘bursts’.