Bixa orellana L. is a shrub or bushy tree which ranges from 3 to 10 meters in height
Its glossy, ovate leaves are evergreen with reddish veins they have a round, heart-shaped base and a pointed tip
With a thin, long stem, the leaves are between 8 and 20 cm long and 5 and 14 cm wide
The twigs are covered with rust colour scales when young and bare when older
Bixa’s flowers are pink, white or some combination. Central and South American natives originally used the seeds to make red body paint and lipstick
For this reason, the achiote is sometimes called the lipstick tree
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