Annatto or Lipstick Tree
(This plant is not on the Australian Noxious Weed List.)
A native of Central America but naturalised on the north coast of Queensland, this small evergreen tree grows 6 to 10 metres (20 – 33 ft) in a warm climate. It bears pink and white flower clusters at the end of the branches. The fruit are bright red pods covered with very soft spines. The pods dry and split to expose the seeds.
The seeds are used for dyeing, food colouring and when mixed with other spices as a condiment. These condiments are found in Spanish, Mexican, Filipino, Indian, Sri Lankan, Central African and Central American cooking. The seeds are reputed to have medicinal properties but no clinical trials have yet been undertaken.
Offered is a packet of 25 seeds complete with Grownotes to assist you in their propagation.
All my seed is posted in bubble wrap protection.
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Ole Lantana Seeds will not be responsible whatsoever for actions taken by the customer after receipt of the goods, this includes germination results, crop performance or loss as these are beyond the control of Ole Lantana Seeds.
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NOTE: In order to protect our existing stock from outside contamination, we do not accept returns.