Wednesday's Wildflower: Star Anise & Florida Anise
submitted by Tom Palmer, Heartland Chapter
Florida has two native species of anise that look quite different and are found in very different regions of the state. Both bloom in spring.
|Star Anise, Illicium parviflorum, Photo by Tom Palmer|
Star Anise grows to be a small tree, with inconspicuous greenish-yellow bell-shaped flowers. The common name refers to the yellow star-shaped seed pods.
The flower of the Florida Anise trees are red, about 1.5" in diameter, and quite showy. When ripe, the shiny, jewel-like seeds burst out of papery star-shaped fruits.
Tom Palmer, a Lakeland Ledger reporter since 1980, retired in 2016. He has been referred to "as a walking encyclopedia of everything environmental." Palmer truly loves the outdoors and often spends weekends birding, searching for the exotic or cleaning trash from lakefronts and other areas. We are thankful to have Tom as a member of the Heartland Chapter of FNPS.
USF Plant Atlas: Illicium, spp.
Floridata: Illicium parviflorum
Floridata: Illicium floridanum
FNPS Native Plants for your area: Florida Anise
FNPS Native Plants for your area: Star Anise