Small tree, to 20 m height, 80(-120) cm girth. Leaves ± coriaceous, elliptic to ovate- elliptic, 3—9(—11.5) by (1.5-)2-4(-5) cm, midrib ± impressed above and very prominent below, apex acute or (short-)acuminate, base attenuate, margins ± revolute; petioles (5—)8—13 mm long, grooved on adaxial surface. Flowers axillary on young growth, generally solitary or few clustered; pedicels to c. 15 mm long at anthesis. Fruit of up to 10 follicles.
Johore present, Kelantan present, Malacca present, Pahang present, Perak present, Selangor present, Trengganu present
Malesia: Malay Peninsula (Perak, Kelantan, Trengganu, Pahang, Selangor, Malacca and Johore).
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.).