The Chinese have regarded the root of the Ginseng with the highest of fanatical esteem from time immemorial, and believe it to possess almost miraculous powers in preserving health, endowing youth, and prolonging life. It is said to have been actually worth its weight in gold in Pekin, and the first shipment to Canton from this country yielded fabulous profits. The Chinese name, Ginseng, is said to have originated from the fancied resemblance of the human figure in the root, and the more this shape is developed the higher it is prized. Its medicinal virtues, however, seem to be wholly imaginary; still every Chinaman wants it, and it is now being cultivated and exported at the rate of over a million dollars worth annually. It is small wonder then, that this plant is not common. The stem grows from eight to fifteen inches high, and bears three irregularly toothed leaves in a whorl on slender stems at its summit. Each leaf has five thin, long-pointed, oval leaflets, the outer three of which are largest. From six to twenty tiny, five-petalled, yellowish green flowers are gathered in a rounded, fleecy cluster on the tip of a slender stem springing upright from the common axil of the leaf stems. They are succeeded by a few flattened, bright crimson berries. It should be found during July and August in rich, cool woods from Quebec to Alabama, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Missouri.