Latin illicium, alluring—from the enticing fragrance of the leaves, flowers and bark.
Description as for family.
Like Liriodendron and Magnolia, Illicium has a distribution mostly from E Asia and E North America and a fossil history extending back about 100 million years to when there was a continuous connection across the northern hemisphere.
Seed or semi-hardwood cuttings or layers.
Source: (1997). Illiciaceae. In: . Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 2. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 1. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.