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WEAKLEY'S FLORA OF THE SOUTHEASTERN US (4/24/22):
Nanopanax trifolius   FAMILY Araliaceae   Go to FSUS key


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Panax trifolius   FAMILY Araliaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH (ORTHOGRAPHIC VARIANT) VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 139-02-001:
Panax trifolium   FAMILY Araliaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Dwarf Ginseng


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image of Nanopanax trifolius, Dwarf Ginseng

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_patr2_001_lvd

        

image of Nanopanax trifolius, Dwarf Ginseng

JK Marlow    jkm080420_102

April    Sevier County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

image of Nanopanax trifolius, Dwarf Ginseng

JK Marlow    jkm140417_067

April    Sevier County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Tiny white flowers in solitary, somewhat spherical umbel, above leaves, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

image of Nanopanax trifolius, Dwarf Ginseng

JK Marlow    jkm140418_250

April    Sevier County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

image of Nanopanax trifolius, Dwarf Ginseng

Tim Spira    tpsptrifolius2

April        

image of Nanopanax trifolius, Dwarf Ginseng

JK Marlow    jkm060508_014

May    Macon County    NC

Nantahala National Forest: Wayah Ranger District

A whorl of 3 leaves, each with 3-5 coarsely toothed, sessile leaflets, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

image of Nanopanax trifolius, Dwarf Ginseng

JK Marlow    jkm060508_024

May    Macon County    NC

Nantahala National Forest: Wayah Ranger District

Three leaves in a whorl on summit of stem, with 3-5 sessile leaflets, per Wildflowers of the Eastern United States.

image of Nanopanax trifolius, Dwarf Ginseng

JK Marlow    jkm060508_027

May    Macon County    NC

Nantahala National Forest: Wayah Ranger District

image of Nanopanax trifolius, Dwarf Ginseng

JK Marlow    jkm060508_030

May    Macon County    NC

Nantahala National Forest: Wayah Ranger District

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA OF THE SOUTHEASTERN US (4/24/22):
Nanopanax trifolius   FAMILY Araliaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Panax trifolius   FAMILY Araliaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH (ORTHOGRAPHIC VARIANT) VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 139-02-001:
Panax trifolium   FAMILY Araliaceae

 

Find by SCIENTIFIC NAME:

1013

Forb
Perennial
Polygamo-dioecious [mostly dioecious, but with some bisexual flowers]

Native to North Carolina & Georgia

Uncommon in Mountains, rare in Piedmont

Habitat: cove forests, bottomland forests, other nutrient-rich forests, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Palmately compound: 3-5 leaflets
A single terminal whorl of 3 leaves

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
White/Greenish-white
Sepals obsolete
5 petals
Inferior ovary

Inflorescence a terminal, solitary, somewhat spherical umbel rising above leaves

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Red
Drupe

 

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