This section is from the book "The Standard Cyclopedia Of Horticulture Vol2", by L. H. Bailey. See also: Western Garden Book: More than 8,000 Plants - The Right Plants for Your Climate - Tips from Western Garden Experts.
(from a Greek word, used in allusion to the sharp or acrid taste of the bark). Magnoliaceae. About 10 evergreen trees or shrubs, allied to Illicium, distributed from Mex. to the Straits of Magellan, and in Austral., New Zeal., and islands. Glabrous and aromatic plants with pellucid-punctate leaves, and polygamous diclinous or perfect flowers on 1- to many-flowered peduncles, white, yellowish or rose-colored and showy; sepals 2-4; petals 6-°°, in 2 or more series; stamens oo on thickened filaments; ovaries usually 2-°°, with sessile stigma and many seeds. D. Winteri, Forst. (Wintera aromatica, Murr.), is a S. American small tree (to 50 ft.), with milk-white flowers 1 in. or more across, jasmine-scented; petals 8-12, pale cream-yellow: leaves alternate, evergreen, elliptical or lanceolate, coriaceous, somewhat acuminate, entire, glabrous, very aromatic: branches with reddish bark: umbels (3-9-flowered) often nearly equaling the leaves: scarcely known either as a glasshouse subject or for outdoor cult, in warm countries.
B.M. 4800. L. H. B.