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Category: Araliaceae

Ginseng Family: Araliaceae

Members of this family produce single umbels, or umbrella-like flower structures. These flower structures differ from the parsley family, a close relative, which produces compound umbels rather than single umbels. Flowers are small, greenish-white, and usually with five petals, sepals, and stamens. They form red or purple berries in distinctive umbel shapes. Members include English ivy, American ginseng, and wild sarsparilla.