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Araliaceae / Genseng
Dwarf Ginseng (Panax trifolius)
Dwarf Ginseng is also known as Ground Nut.

Plant Type: This is a herbaceous plant, it is a perennial which can reach 20cm in height (8inches).
Leaves: The leaves are whorled. Three leaves each divided into three to five toothed leaflets. The leaflets have no stems.
Flowers: The flowers have 5 Regular Parts. They are white fading to pink. Blooms first appear in mid spring and continue into late spring. In an round umbel.
Fruit: Yellow berries.
Habitat: Rich moist, well drained woods.
Range: Eastern North America from Quebec to Georgia.

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Daniel Reed

Dwarf Ginseng is very like a small version of American Ginseng, Panax quinquefolius. Other than the differences in structure such as no stems on the leaflets and having yellow fruit it is notable for the short time it is above ground. By summer this plant is completely withered and gone. It is reported that the roots can be eaten.

Similar Species: See American Ginseng, Panax quinquefolius.



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Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia

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Classification:  
Kingdom
Plantae
Plants
|Division
Magnoliophyta
Angiosperms / Flowering Plants
|Class
Magnoliopsida
Dicots / Two Seed Leaves
|Subclass
Rosidae
|Order
Apiales
|Family
Araliaceae
Genseng
|Subfamily

|Tribe

|Genus
Panax

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