Illicium floridanum J. Ellis
Illiciaceae (Anise) Family
Anise Tree may also be known as Poison-bay.
The plant is generally a large shrub or small tree. Its preferred habitat is wooded slopes, wet forest, and swampy woods. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.
The leaves are alternate on the stem, consisting of one whole part with short leaf stalks; elliptic to lance-like in form, no teeth and no lobes, mostly acute, with a wedge-shaped base.
The flowers are on short stems and solitary in the leaf axil. Each flower is bisexual in nature and symmetrical in form. There are three to six sepals that fall away to expose eight or more maroon colored petals. Stamens are numerous. Flowers occur in the spring.
Fruit is a flattened, wheel-shaped follicle.