Illicium L.


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.

Hopkins (1972).

Source: Spencer, R. (1997). Illiciaceae. In: Spencer, R.. 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.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Austrobaileyanae
order      Austrobaileyales
family       Schisandraceae
Higher taxa
Subordinate taxa
species         Illicium anisatum L.
species         Illicium floridanum Ellis
species         Illicium parviflorum Vent.