Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Malvales

Bixaceae - Bixa family

Wild, H. (1960) Bixaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(1)

Description of the family

Shrubs or small trees. Latex coloured. Stipules present. Leaves alternate, simple. Inflorescence a terminal corymb or panicle. Flowers bisexual, actinomorphic. Sepals 4-5. Petals 4-7, free. Stamens numerous. Ovary superior, 1-locular. Style 1; stigma 2-lobed. Fruit densely bristly. Seeds with a fleshy testa, dotted with red glands.

Worldwide: 3 genera and 16 species, tropical.

Malawi: 1 cultivated genus and 1 cultivated taxon.

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Bixa L.Description

Other sources of information about Bixaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Mozambique: Bixaceae
Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Bixaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Bixaceae

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Bixaceae
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Bixaceae
Wikipedia: Bixaceae

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-21

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2021). Flora of Malawi: Cultivated plants: Family page: Bixaceae.
https://www.malawiflora.com/cult/family.php?family_id=241, retrieved 3 December 2021

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