THE GINSENG PLANT
By Dr. Walter Van Fleet
American ginseng is botanically known as Panax quinquefolium, of the family of Araliaceae. In its wild state it grows from 8 to 20 inches high, bearing three or more compound leaves, each consisting of five thin, stalked, ovate leaflets, pointed at the apex and rounded or narrowed at the base, the three upper leaflets being larger than the two lower ones. A cluster of from 6 to 20 small greenish yellow flowers is produced in midsummer, followed later by as many bright-crimson berries, each containing from one to three flatish wrinkled seeds the size of small peas.
Fur, News. Fur News, January 1916.
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