I got something similar to that going on in a woods that I've been going in the last couple days wild44.... I hunted this spot 3 years ago and only decided to go into it this year because it's close to home and there's sang everywhere. Even in spots that I know that I was in several times a few years ago... My spots normally stay productive every few years because I don't dig the small stuff and try to top everything once the berries fall... But this spot has been exceptional.. kind of like you said the forest floor almost resembles that of a rainforest... the cohosh in this place is unbelievable and we all know what plant likes to grow with cohosh!!!!
Wow... been a few days since I checked here.. some NICE roots posted since I last looked.
Congrats everyone... and UB that is a nice one and a good pic too.
On judging what size the root might be by the top.. in some areas that just does not work out at all.
I dug a hollow a while back and went up a hollow that had a north and south facing hillside (it ran due east./west)... and it was a deep hollow, and looked like seng might be on both sides.. and it was.
The seng that I found on that south facing hillside, was fairly low on the hill and the tops were small and spindly looking mostly... but WOW the roots were whoppers. Found some tiny 3 prongers, some with just 3 leaves on a prong or two.. but they have 1/2 oz to 1 oz roots on them.
If you live in a area where seng mostly only grows on north to north east hillsides... and you do find some on a south facing hillside... it has been my experience over the years, that the roots on those will be whoppers.