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TOPIC: Unusual ginseng lookalike

Unusual ginseng lookalike 2 years 9 months ago #37468

So I was down in North Carolina, in the Durham area, walking through the Duke Gardens (a Duke-managed botanical garden) when I stumbled across this plant. Has lots of ginseng-like qualities, including what looks like a root, but the leaves aren't quite right. Any thoughts on what it might be? My first thought was a buckeye sprout, but wanted to crowd source this.
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Re:Unusual ginseng lookalike 2 years 9 months ago #37469

Here's a picture of the root.
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Re:Unusual ginseng lookalike 2 years 9 months ago #37473

Looks like a buckeye to me

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Re:Unusual ginseng lookalike 2 years 9 months ago #37616

Pretty sure this is Wild Sarsparilla or Aralia nudicalis. It is usually fairly aromatic if you crush & smell the leaves.
Hope this helps!

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