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Bixa orellana


Order: Violales
   Family: Bixaceae
            Genus: Bixa
                        Specie: Bixa orellana

Planting Season: Evergreen

Height at Maturity: 30 ft (9 m)

Cultivation: Moist well-drained soil

Features: Large bright green leaves; panicles of pink flowers; showy bright red spiny seed pods

Uses: Tropical gardens Specimen plant

Zones: 10-12

Description: A large shrub or small tree up to 30 ft (9?m) tall, annatto has broadly oval, leathery, bright green leaves up to 8?in (20?cm) long. Its flowers are carried in 5-flowered panicles with each of the pink or pink-tinted white blooms being up to 2?in (5?cm) w

Growth Habit: Shrubby branching habit

Comments: Source of the orange dye annatto

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