Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae

Bixaceae - Bixa family

Wild, H. (1960) Bixaceae FZ 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.

Zimbabwe: 1 cultivated genus and 1 cultivated taxon.

Bixa orellana

More sample images from the cultivated Bixaceae (Click on each image to see a larger version and details of the record)

Links to cultivated genera:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this family

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Bixa L.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Bixaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Mozambique: Bixaceae | cultivated Bixaceae

External websites:

GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Bixaceae
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-14

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2014). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: Family page: Bixaceae.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/family.php?family_id=241, retrieved 1 November 2014

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