Scientific name of Star anise: Illicium verum
Name of Star anise in different languages:-
Hindi: चक्र फूल Chakra Phool
Malayalam: Takkolam തക്കോലം
Plant description of Star anise-
Star anise (Illicium verum ) an evergreen tree, grows to 15 m tall, and trunk grows about 25 cm. in diameter, leaves are glossy, leathery, taper apex, held in clusters of three to six. The bark is white, flowers are yellowish green, fragrant, solitary, with 7 to 12 petals, flowering is March - May. Fruits are star-shaped, single-seeded, dark reddish-brown in color, fruits are fleshy, fruiting is September - October. Star anise fruits are harvested to collect its essential oil before it ripe. Propagation through cuttings or by seeds.
Useful plant parts :
Medicinal uses of Star anise:
To treat rheumatism, Vata, respiratory diseases, eye and ear diseases.
Shikimic acid, a-pinene, limonine, safrole.
How to prepare medicines:
Star anise is the one of the ingredient in the Ayurveda medicines like-
Cheriya Karpooradi Choornam
Valiya Karpooradi Choornam