This section is from the book "A Text-Book Of Pharmacology, Therapeutics And Materia Medica", by T. Lauder Brunton. Also available from Amazon: A text-book of pharmacology, therapeutics and materia medica.
Fruit. - The dried fruit of Illicium anisatum. China.
Characters. - The fruit consists of 8 brown, boat-shaped carpels, joined at their inner ends so as to form a star. Each contains one seed with an oily taste. The taste of the fruit is sweet and aromatic.
Oleum Anisi, B.P. and U.S.P. - A volatile oil distilled in Europe from anise fruit; or in China from star-anise fruit. For Preparations and Action vide Anise (p. 935).