I was also going to tell you my cousin found a monster 4 prong it had seven leaves on each prong,and about half way down the stem it looked like there was two more prongs trying to grow they had little leaves 3 on each side.
This is the stage before the plant evolves to a 5 or 6 prong! It takes many, many years without setbacks for a seng plant to achieve 7 leaves on each of the 4 prongs. It is possible that the old 4 prong was a 5, 6, 7 or 8 prong at one time then got setback by timbering, mining or a wildfire and spent a very long time in dormancy. It would be nice to know how many growth rings your cousin can count of the root!
My Soninlaw Levi finds a whopper 4 prong almost 3 ounces go Levi woot woot , he was about 4o yards over from and he got so excited and howled so that it was as if he where right beside me lol thats fun rite there sure is.
Ahha Finaly I get to show off a couple beautys these 2 roots are awsome and they flat loved the soil they where growing in one is .25 or just over 4 ounces and 17 years old, a mole had eat one part of it off or i do believe that it had weighed 4 1/2 ounces the other one is .23 or just under 4 ounces and 19 yrs old,but the 2 on the scale weigh together a perfect 8 ounces needless to say the biggest this season woot woot.......