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Illicium verum, Illicium anisatum

Illicium_verum (Wikipedia)

Illicium verum
Dried Star Anise Fruit Seeds.jpg
Star anise fruits and seeds
Scientific classification edit
I. verum
Binomial name
Illicium verum
  • Illicium san-ki Perr.

Illicium verum is a medium-sized evergreen tree native to northeast Vietnam and southwest China. A spice commonly called star anise, staranise, star anise seed, star aniseed, Chinese star anise, or badian that closely resembles anise in flavor is obtained from the star-shaped pericarps of the fruit of I. verum which are harvested just before ripening. Star anise oil is a highly fragrant oil used in cooking, perfumery, soaps, toothpastes, mouthwashes, and skin creams. Until 2012, when they switched to using a bacterial source, Roche Pharmaceuticals used up to 90% of the world's annual star anise crop to produce shikimic acid, a chemical intermediate used in the synthesis of oseltamivir (Tamiflu).

Star Anise (Wiktionary)



star anise (countable and uncountable, plural star anises)

  1. A plant, Illicium verum, used primarily for its star-shaped seed which resembles anise in scent and flavor, and which is used as a spice. Valued for its decorative shape as well as its flavor. Also used commercially as a source of shikimic acid for the production of Tamiflu.
  2. The star-shaped seed used as a spice.


  • (Illicium verum): Chinese star anise, true star anise

Derived terms

  • Japanese star anise (Illicium anisatum)
  • swamp star anise (Illicium parviflorum)


Further reading

  • star anise on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
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