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Schisandraceae | Plant Lexica

Schisandraceae

Japanese Star Anise
  • Botanical: Illicium anisatum
  • Family: Schisandraceae
  • Known as: Japanischer Sternanis, Shikimifrucht,
  • Aroma: camphorus

Japanese Star Anise

The plant bearing star-anise is a small tree or shrub, indigenous to southwestern China, growing in the mountainous elevations of Yunnan. The shrub attains a height of from 8 to 12 feet, and has entire, lanceolate, evergreen leaves, which are pellucid-punctate. The flowers are polypetalous and of a greenish-yellow color. The fruit is described below. This plant was introduced into Japan by the followers of Buddha, and planted near their temples.

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