Sorting Illicium names

Species on this page ( A = names approved by most authorities, s = approved as synonyms) :




Illicium anisatum L.

SYNONYM(S) : Bandianifera anisata Kuntze, Illicium religiosum Siebold & Zucc.

CHINESE : Ri ben mang cao. 

DANISH : Japansk stjerneanis.

ENGLISH : Bastard star anise , Japanese sacred anise tree, Japanese star anise, Poison bay, Wild star anise.

FRENCH : Anis du Japon.

GERMAN : Heiliger Sternanis, Japanischer Sternanis.  

JAPANESE : Shikimi (as I. religiosum).

PORTUGUESE : Anis do Japão.

SPANISH : Anís del Japón.

Illicium anisatum L. var. masaogatai (Makino) Honda

SYNONYM(S) : Illicium religiosum Siebold & Zucc. var. masaogatai Makino

ENGLISH : Cultivated Japanese star anise, Okinawa star anise.

JAPANESE : Okinawa shikimi.


Illicium arborescens Hayata

CHINESE : Hong ba jiao, Hong hua ba jiao, Tai wan ba jiao.

ENGLISH : Rosy-flowered anise tree, Taiwan star anise.

Illicium floridatum J. Ellis

ENGLISH : Florida anise tree, Purple anise.

Illicium henryi Diels

CHINESE : Hong hui xiang.

Illicium lanceolatum A. C. Sm.

CHINESE : Mang cao.

ENGLISH : Guangdong star anise

Illicium mexicanum A. C. Sm.

ENGLISH : Mexican star anise

Illicium verum Hook f.

SYNONYM(S) : Badianifera officinarum Kuntze, Illicium anisatum Lour.

BULGARIAN :  Anason zvezdoviden.

CHINESE : Ba jiao, Ba jiao hui xiang, Da hui xiang.

CROATIAN : Zvjezdasti anis.

CZECH : Badyán, Badyáník.

DANISH : Sterneanis, Stjerneanis.

DUTCH : Steranijs.

ENGLISH : Badian star anis, Chinese aniseed, Chinese star anise, Indian anise, Star anise, Star aniseed, True star anis.

ESTONIAN : Harilik tähtanii.

FINNISH : Taehtianis, Tähtianis.

FRENCH : Anis de Sibérie, Anis étoilé, Anis de la Chine, Badiane, Badiane de Chine, Badianier, Fenouil de Chine.

GERMAN : Badian, Chinesischer Sternanis, Sternanis, Sternanisbaum.

HINDI : Anasphal, Badayan.

HUNGARIAN : Csillagánizs, Kínai ánizs.

ITALIAN : Anice della China, Anice stellato, Badiana.

JAPANESE : Sutaa anisu, Tou shikimi.

KHMER : Phka cann.

MALAY : Adas china, Bunga lawang, Bunga lawang (Indonesia).

NORWEGIAN : Stjerneanis..

PERSIAN : Awaiting feedback.

POLISH : Anyz gwiazdkowaty, Gwiazdkowy.

PORTUGUESE : Anis da China, Anis da Sibéria, Anis estrellado, Anis estrelado (Brazil), Badiana (Brazil). Funcho da China (Brazil).

ROMANIAN : Anason stelat.

RUSSIAN :  Bad'ian nastoiashchii, Zvezdchatyi anis (Svezdchatyj anis, Zvezdãatyj anis ).

SERBIAN : Japansko anisovo.

SLOVAKIAN : Anízovca pravého, Anízovec pravy, Badián, Badiánu, Hviezdicovy aníz.

SLOVENIAN : Zvezdasti janez, Zvezdni janez.

SPANISH : Anís de China, Anís de la China, Anís estrellat (Catalan), Anís estrellado, Badián.

SWEDISH : Stjärnanis, Stjaernanis.

TAGALOG : Sanque.

TAMIL : Anas pu.

THAI : Dok chan, Poy kak.

TURKISH : Anason tchini.




Photographs & detailed description on Gernot Katzer's site (highly recommended).



Porcher Michel H. et al. 1995 - 2020, Sorting Illicium Names. Multilingual Multiscript Plant Name Database - A Work in Progress. Institute for Land & Food Resources. The University of Melbourne. < Illicium.html > (2005).


General Bibliography


On line


Complementary / Specific


EURODICAUTOM, On-line Technical Dictionary in 12 languages provided by the European Commission < >.

Hanelt Peter et al. , 2001, Mansfeld's Encyclopedia of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops, Vol. xx. Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (Editors), First English Edition, Springer.

IPK Gatersleben, 2002, Mansfeld's World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops. < >.

IPNI, 2003, International Plant Name Index. Online Database. < >.

Katzer Gernot, 1995 - 2004,  Gernot Katzer's Spice Pages.  A formidable encyclopedic site dedicated to over 120 spices and mixtures.  Many useful photos (for identification purposes), more foreign names for each spice than we have seen anywhere. Basically either a German site or English site, comprehensiveness applies to both languages. 
< >. Multilingual (over 40 languages)

Mabberley D.J. 1997, The Plant-Book : a Portable Dictionary of the Vascular Plants, 2d Edition, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, U.K.

Smitinand Tem, 2001, Thai Plant Names - Revised Edition by The Forest Herbarium - Royal Forest Department. Bangkok. Thailand.

USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program. Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN). [Online Database] National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. Available: Illicium (07 June 2004).

Wang Zongxun et al. 1996, A New Latin, Chinese, English Botanical Nomenclature. Chinese Academy of Sciences, Institute of Botany. Aviation Industry Publisher, Beijing.

Wiersema J. H. & León B. 1999, World Economic Plants : a Standard Reference. CRC Press LLC.

Xie Zongwa & Yu Youqin (Editors), 1996, Materia Medica, Chinese Terminology, Vol. 1, Renminweisheng Publishing House Beijing, China. (Latin with authority names and Chinese-simplified, text in Chinese).


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