Common name: Henry's star anise, Chinese anise
Illicium henryi is an evergreen shrub or small tree native to China. It has small, deep red flowers that appear in late spring, followed by a dry, brown, star-shaped fruit which contains the seeds. The fruits are not edible (unlike those of I. verum, the edible star anise popular in Chinese cooking.) The species is named after British plant explorer Augustine Henry.
Leaf photo by Midge Oke
Flower photos in the garden by Daderot, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons