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Thursday 8 August 2013


Illicium anisatum, commonly known as the Japanese star anise, is a tree similar to Chinese star anise. It is highly toxic, therefore it is not edible; instead, it has been burned as incense in Japan, where it is known as shikimi. Cases of illness, including serious neurological effects such as seizures, reported after using star anise tea may be a result of using this species.

I. anisatum is native to Japan. It is similar to I. verum, but its fruit is smaller and with weaker odour, which is said to be more similar to cardamom than to anise. While it is poisonous and therefore unsuitable for using internally, it is used for treatment of some skin problems in traditional Chinese medicine.

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  1. Hi! Thank you for uploading a Japanese star anise flower photo. We usually use the Japanese star anises as the flower arrangement of the Buddist altar.
    Chinese star anises are used as the ingredient of Chinese dishes.

  2. What a lovely white flower! Good shot!

  3. Wow it looks very fragile and pure. Love it!

    Mary, MI

  4. That's a new one to me. Informative and an exquisite photo.

  5. Those are such sweet flowers and a fabulous capture.

  6. New to me too and a beautiful flower.
    I could not lift your logo because it is linked . I would love it if you could either post an unlinked one or send me one.

  7. Hello,
    what wonderful delicate blossoms, so beautiful ♥
    Have a nice weekend,

    Thanks if you visit my blog

  8. I am so pleased to be back here, a lovely flower to welcome me.

  9. Nick, does the Japanese Star Anise grow in Melbourne??? or did you take the shot in Japan? I am glad you mentioned it's toxicity, too few realise how poisonous so many plants can be that are used for medicinal purposes when used out of context.

  10. Lovely one!

    Happy weekend to all!


  11. Pretty flower - i like its white shapes and light.

  12. Great shot. Thanks for sharing.

  13. It's a pretty little bloom!

  14. thanks for info abt the anise

  15. I can't link my post.