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Plant Details

Illicium parviflorum

Swamp Star-anise, Yellow Anise-tree, Ocala Anise-tree

Scientific Name:

Illicium parviflorum

Genus:

Illicium

Species Epithet:

parviflorum

Common Name:

Swamp Star-anise, Yellow Anise-tree, Ocala Anise-tree

Plant Type

Tree/Shrub

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Illiciaceae (Star-Anise Family)

Native/Alien:

S.E. Native

Size:

6-12 ft., 12-36 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Yellow, Green

Light:

Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist, Wet

Bloom Time:

April, May, June

Habitat Description:

This species occurs in swampy forests, evergreen hammocks, and bayheads and is endemic to scattered localities in central FL; it is in the horticultural trade and has been introduced in various places.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Evergreen

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Not Assigned

Landscape Value:

Recommended and Available

State Rank:

(*Key)

Global Rank:

G2 - Imperiled (*Key)

State Status:

(*Key)

Federal Status:

(*Key)

Notes:

A species with narrow habitat requirements and a restricted range: it is currently known from fewer than 20 occurrences in 5 central Florida counties (Polk, Marion, Lake, Volusia, and Seminole). It is threatened by habitat destruction, alteration of the required hydrology, and over collection for the horticulture trade. There are reports that this species occurred in Georgia, however, it is now known that it never occurred there natively. It is widely used as an ornamental landscaping plant in the southeast.

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record



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