Illicium anisatum Linn. Magnoliaceae (Illiciaceae). Chinese Anise.
Eastern Asia. The fruit, about an inch in diameter, forms an article of commerce amongst Asiatic nations. In 1872, Shanghai received 703,066 pounds. The Chinese mix the fruit with coffee and tea to improve the flavor. The Mohammedans of India season some of their dishes with the capsules, and the capsules are largely imported into Germany, France and Italy for the flavoring of spirits.