Illicium ternstroemioides

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Illicium ternstroemioides
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Order: Austrobaileyales
Family: Schisandraceae
Genus: Illicium
Species: I. ternstroemioides
Binomial name
Illicium ternstroemioides

Illicium ternstroemioides is a species of tree in the family Schisandraceae, or alternately, the Illiciaceae. It is native to northern Vietnam and Hainan Island in China.[1]

This tree grows up to 12 meters tall. Leathery, pointed, ovate leaves up to 13 centimeters long are borne in clusters along the branches. The flower has 10 to 14 papery to somewhat fleshy red tepals of varying lengths, up to 1.2 centimeters. The fruit is a star-shaped whorl of 12 to 14 follicles each up to 2 centimeters long. Each contains a seed, which is poisonous.[2]

The tree grows in ravines and near rivers in forest habitat.[2]


  1. ^ a b World Conservation Monitoring Centre. 1998. Illicium ternstroemioides. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.1. Downloaded on 02 September 2013.
  2. ^ a b Illicium ternstroemioides. Flora of China.