Bixaceae (annatto family)

    The Bixaceae family is comprised of one genus and four species, native to tropical America and the West Indies.  Bixa orellana, the lipstick tree, is famous for it's natural red color that is used in foods, called annatto or achiote.

    Bixa orellana (N.J. Jacquin, 1797-1804)
1995-2003 Missouri Botanical Garden

    The following member of the Bixaceae family is growing at Montoso Gardens:


Scientific Name Common Name Plant Family

Bixa orellana






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