Palo de Tinte

“Palo de Tinte”,
“Palo Campeche” o “Tinto”

The Tinto grows in humid places and even in the water, it reaches 8 meters in height, has a foliage formed by small and oval leaves of 3 to 4 centimeters and yellow flowers with five petals, which have a white corolla with a great melliferous potential. In its trunk it produces “ink” that was used mainly to dye, and medicinally in treatments against colics. Its wood is appreciated in the rustic carpentry for its hardness and high resistance.

In the Mayan empire, the word “Ek” was used to refer to this tree with its red trunk and thorny branches that grew wild and abundant in the south of the state of Campeche.

Tinto Tree Seedling

Its scientific name Haematoxylum Campechianum comes from the Greek words (hemato = blood, and xylon = wood), in allusion to the ink it produces. The ancient inhabitants of the Yucatan Peninsula valued Ek for its coloring properties: they mixed the liquid obtained from its trunk with iron sulphate, and produced a pigment with which they dyed fabrics. By changing the acidity they managed to obtain 5 different colors: black, yellow, violet, dark red and purple.

The Spaniards learned its use and spread their fame all over the world, because until then the development of dark tones, like black, had been a problem in the textile industry. To impregnate it, the fabrics had to undergo complicated processes using different products in several stages.

Tinto or Campeachy
The use of the Palo Campeche ink simplified the process considerably, making its export the most profitable business of this era: more than 90% of the cotton, wool, silk and leather that were dyed worldwide at that time, used extracts of this tree. This is how in the 16th century a trade began between the textile industry of Europe and Central America, promoted by the Tinto, the new gold that left the Port of San Francisco de Campeche. The ships came loaded with French tiles, necessary as ballast in the sailboats of those times without keel, and they left full with trunks of Palo de Tinte. In the 18th century the pirates of the Caribbean, for lack of opportunities in their traditional activity, were the first to seize this profitable trade.


Our motivation is to repopulate the area with Tintos, under strict natural, ecological and sustainability criteria. We will be able to absorb a lot of CO2 and capture carbon, improve the quality of the land, increase biodiversity, abate global warming and also contribute to strengthening the local economy.

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ECOCHARCO S.P.R. de R.L, Juarez 26, Palizada, Camp. 24200, Mexico