5249.000 Bixa L.

Description of the genus

Small tree, to 5 m. Leaves alternate, ovate; base cordate; apex acuminate. Inflorescence a terminal panicle. Sepals 5. Petals 5, pink. Fruit a spiny ovoid capsule.

Derivation of name: latinised version of the South American vernacular name for this tree.

Worldwide: 1 species in tropical America.

Malawi: 1 cultivated taxon.

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Other sources of information about Bixa:

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Flora of Mozambique: Bixa
Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Bixa
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Bixa

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Bixa
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Bixa
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Bixa
Wikipedia: Bixa
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Bixa
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Bixa

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-22

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2022). Flora of Malawi: Cultivated plants: genus page: Bixa.
https://www.malawiflora.com/cult/genus.php?genus_id=1586, retrieved 3 December 2022

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