• Bixa orellana
    © Edwina von Gal
  • Bixa orellana
    © Guillermo Durán
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Bixa orellana

achiote

Family

Bixaceae

Native to

native to Panamá

Type

shrub, tree

Height

short (0 - 5 m/0 - 16 ft )

Height (m)

3 - 8

Speed of Growth

fast

Deciduous/Evergreen

deciduous

Flower Color

pink, white

Flowering Time

January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November

Fruiting Time

January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November

Difficult Conditions Tolerated

Degraded Soil

Other Uses

handicrafts, ornamental

Wildlife Attracted

bees, butterflies

Ecosystem Services

erosion control

Best Method of Propagation

cutting, seed