- This page is about the genus of plants. Illicium is also a term for the modified first dorsal fin ray of angler fishes, used to attract prey.
Illicium (Anise-tree, Anise tree) is a genus of flowering plants containing 42 species of evergreen shrubs and small trees, and is the sole genus in family Illiciaceae. The species are native to the tropical and subtropical regions of eastern and southeastern Asia, southeastern North America, and the West Indies. Selected species
The fruits of Illicium verum
are known as star anise
, and are used as a seasoning in Chinese and southeast-Asian cooking. Japanese star anise (Illicium anisatum)
is used in Japan
to produce incense
, but its fruits are toxic if ingested.