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General Forestry => Tree, Plant and Wood I.D. => Topic started by: pmcdowell479 on September 08, 2020, 04:36:32 PM

Title: Ginseng look alike?
Post by: pmcdowell479 on September 08, 2020, 04:36:32 PM
We found a plant that looks like wild ginseng in our woods, but when you go to dig it up, the root goes on and on, sometimes shooting off other growth, like a vine. Anyone know what this could be?
(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/62171/20200907_164318.jpg?easyrotate_cache=1599610778)
 
(https://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/62171/20200907_164032.jpg?easyrotate_cache=1599609158)
 
Title: Re: Ginseng look alike?
Post by: Clark on September 08, 2020, 07:37:57 PM
A general idea of your location would be most helpful.

Clark
Title: Re: Ginseng look alike?
Post by: Otis1 on September 09, 2020, 12:16:48 PM
Wild Sarsaparilla
Title: Re: Ginseng look alike?
Post by: Wattwood on September 10, 2020, 07:42:22 AM
Ginseng is palmately compound- the five leaflets on mature plants radiate out from the same node. The leaflets wouldnít be offset along the stem like in your picture. Younger plants may have just three leaflets until they mature in later years. 
Title: Re: Ginseng look alike?
Post by: Clark on September 10, 2020, 08:00:58 PM
The second picture looks like wild sarsaparilla, the first does not. Iíve been told ginseng is one of the first (or is it last?) to have itís leaves turn yellow and it seems like you may have recorded that in your picture.

Clark