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Dwarf Ginseng

Panax trifolius

Description:

10-12 centimeters (4 in.) in height with very small, 5-petaled flowers arranged in a globe. The flowers also have five prominent (for their size) stamens. The leaves are arranged in a 3-part whorl 5-6 cm. from the ground and each leaflet has three parts, often with the inner two leaflets deeply divided so that some of these plants appear to have five leaflets. Fairly abundant in this location. We saw many of these plants in the area.

Habitat:

Eastern hardwood forest, north-facing slopes near the bottom of the valleys, in rich, moist soils.

Notes:

Fairly abundant in this location. We saw many of these plants in the area, among trillium, squirrel corn and wood anemones.

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Doren B
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Doren B

West Virginia, USA

Spotted on May 2, 2015
Submitted on May 5, 2015

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