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TOPIC: Ginseng or Sarsaparilla or ??

Ginseng or Sarsaparilla or ?? 3 years 1 month ago #32123

Hi all, new member. Love the site and am looking forward to adding to some conversations. My 13 year old son and I enjoy hiking, fishing and big game hunting together so it's only fitting we get out and look for some ginseng together. Just another reason to spend time together outdoors!
We're complete newbies and came across some plants over the weekend. I think it may be sarsaparilla, can you guys weigh in please? We're in Pennsylvania.
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Re:Ginseng or Sarsaparilla or ?? 3 years 1 month ago #32129

Sarsaparilla! Ginseng's leaves are palmately . All five leaves come off stem at same point. Where sarsaparilla like your picture, their leaves are pinnately, three leaves coming off stem at same point, and two smaller leaves below.

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Re:Ginseng or Sarsaparilla or ?? 3 years 1 month ago #32133

Dang, thanks for the info. The search goes on!!

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Re:Ginseng or Sarsaparilla or ?? 3 years 1 month ago #32135

Not sure that is sarsaparilla, might be a hickory sprout. But...definitely not ginseng.

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Re:Ginseng or Sarsaparilla or ?? 3 years 1 month ago #32150

Hickory sprout

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Re:Ginseng or Sarsaparilla or ?? 3 years 1 month ago #32152

Besides having close, but the wrong leaves, when you see these look at the stem, it is bark like as apposed to being green....hickory!

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Re:Ginseng or Sarsaparilla or ?? 3 years 1 month ago #32153

Besides having close, but the wrong leaves, when you see these look at the stem, it is bark like as apposed to being green....hickory!

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Re:Ginseng or Sarsaparilla or ?? 3 years 1 month ago #32155

Yea, thanks. I did notice the stem had a bark like appearance.

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Re:Ginseng or Sarsaparilla or ?? 3 years 1 month ago #32177

I agree on the young hickory sprout.

They will make you do a double take... often have very similar leaf patterns to seng... with big leaves pointing out and small ones pointing in, but in the case of hickory sprout there is some separation between the small leaf sets and the large leaf sets.

With seng the small leaves and large ones all originate at the same point.

Keep on looking !

TNhunter

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Re:Ginseng or Sarsaparilla or ?? 3 years 1 month ago #32207

Hickory babies will fool a new hunter every time. And sometimes even the experienced hunter.

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