My friend told me that she has a lot of ginseng plant at home. If my memory serves me right, the plant was brought by her auntie from Korea. Her mother managed to get some and planted it to their small garden.
I asked fro ginseng seedling and she gave me one. I potted it in small clay pot. I water it everyday, weed it, and apply some organic fertilizers. Then the ginseng flowered three times before I successfully got seeds. I sowed the small seed in small milk can. Sooner or later, the seed is going to germinate. I can’t wait to see how it looks.
This is ginseng. I spent an hour googling but I was not able to see exact picture match. I want to know more about this ginseng variety. My wife told me that she once saw this plant. It can grow as tall as human. But she never knew other details. I hope someone can help me.
—————– update as of june 14, 2011
I finally found the real name of this plant. Thanks to my younger sister. She saw it accidentally in botany book.
The real plant name is Guatemala rhubarb with the botanical name of Jatropha podagrica. Common names are gout stick, gout plant, coral plant and physic nut. It belongs to family Euphorbhiaceae.
The leaves with oil is use as warm compress to releive stomach pain.
The root in rhum is used locally as cure-all medicine and aphrodisiac.
It is known as the local ginseng variety.
Seeds are toxic. Ingestion will cause abdominal pain, burning throat sensation, vomiting and diarrhea. Might lead to death according to some reports. The stout stem produces clear sap that cause dermatitis on contact.
update as of june 28, 2011
I said earlier that seeds are toxic. I am wondering how the ants are able to eat the seeds without experiencing any harm.
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