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Bixaceae, Cochlospermum vitifolium, Tecomasuche – Jalisco, Mexico

February 25, 2013

Formerly Bombax vitifolium, a member of the Bixaceae family (Order: Malvales). This deciduous tree is covered in bright yellow flowers when leafless in the dry season. Related to Bixa orellana, or Achiote. Here aresome photos I posted a few years ago of a yellow Achiote variety (typically it is red).

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Leaf, below…


cochlospermum vitifolium

A somewhat ragged flower, below. Looks like something had been eating the petals before I took the photo.


cochlospermum vitifolium, flower

A photo of the seed pod / fruit, below.

Cochlospermum vitifolium seed pot

And one more of the seedpod / fruit.

cochlospermum vitifolium, seed pod

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  1. February 26, 2013 10:08:05 pm

    If it is a relative of achiote are the seeds edible? I LOVE these horticultural posts because I learn so much about the plants (especially trees, our favourite thing 🙂 ) of the world. I live vicariously through your horticultural adventures 🙂

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