Illicium tenuifolium

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Illicium tenuifolium


Small tree, to 15 m height, 30 cm girth. Leaves papyraceous, becoming contorted after drying along secondary (and occasionally tertiary) veins, elliptic to obovate, (6.5-) 8—13(—19) by (2-)2.5-6 cm, midrib ± impressed above and ± prominent below, apex (long-)acuminate, base attenuate, margins ± revolute or not revolute; petioles 6-18 mm long, grooved on adaxial surface. Flowers axillary on young growth or ramiflorous/ cauliflorous, generally solitary or few clustered; pedicels 10-50 mm long at anthesis. Fruit of up to 13 follicles.


Johore present, Kedah present, Negri Sembilan present, Pahang present, Peninsular Thailand present, Perak present, Selangor present, Trengganu present
Peninsular Thailand; Malesia: Malay Peninsula (Kedah, Perak, Trengganu, Pahang, Selangor, Negri Sembilan and Johore).


The pollen of the present species is illustrated by Saunders ( I.c.). The Illicium species from the Malay Peninsula have been the source of considerable confusion due to their initial identification as I. cambodianum. This is discussed by Saunders ( I.c.), as is the validity of the infraspecific classification proposed by Smith ( I.c.).


Keng 1972 – In: Fl. Thailand. p 116
R.M.K. Saunders 1995 – In: Bot. J. Linn. Soc. p 349
Ng 1973: p. 254. – In: Tree Fl. Malaya. f. 1