Star Anise (Illicium verum Hook. f.) cultivated in Lạng Son province includes three main morphological groups: follicular fruit with 8 fruits, follicular fruit with many fruits and intermediary group. In each group, there are many differences of leaf shape, flower colour and fruit shape. Therefore, it have many forms of Star anise, we have defined eight forms. Essential oil of all form belongs to unique chemotype and has high quality (content of trans- anethole from 93.16 to 98.86% and a little of cis- anethole). We have not defined other chemotype of Star anise.
Luu Dam Cu, Truong Anh Thu,
Bui Van Thanh Ha Tuan Anh
Institute of Ecology and Biological Resources
Nguyen Xuan Loc
Institute of Natural Product Chemistry