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Family: ARALIACEAE 

 Panax quinquefolium
 
  
Author:  Carl Linnaeus 1753
Family:  Araliaceae
Habitat:  Eastern North America
Soil:  Peat
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Medium
Thickness:  4 centimetres
Height:  50 centimetres
Flower:  Green
Reproduction:  Seeds
Pop names:  American ginseng, Five Fingers, Tartar Root, Red Berry, Man's Health
Synonyms:  Panax quinquefolius, Linnaeus 1753 - by mistake (Latin was not his strong side)? Aralia quinquefolia  Decne. & Planch. 1854. Ginseng quinquefolium Wood, A.W. 1871.
Got it from:  Copenhagen
Year:  2006

   This member of the Araliaceae family was described by Carl Linnaeus in 1753. It is found in eastern North America, from Quebec to Manitoba, south to northern Florida, Alabama, and Oklahoma. It grows in peat with some water and some sun. The caudex will grow to four centimetres in four to five years. The plant gets up to 50 centimetres high. The flowers are green with a little white, the seeds bright red.

The name is found in two ways of spelling. It has been debated whether the specific epithet should end with the masculine "us" (P. quinquefolius) or the neuter "um" (P. quinquefolium). While some argue for the neuter ending as it appeared in the work of Linnaeus, according to Graham (1966) and Tucker et al. (1989), the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature (article 76) dictates that this specific epithet must be treated as a masculine, thus should be Panax quinquefolius. I go with Linnaeus first given name.

Panax is Greek: "pan" meaning all, and "akos" means cure.

 

My humble plants already has a flower.

How most people have seen Ginseng.