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Kentucky Color: Sang

By Billy Joe Fudge

No, it's not the past tense of the verb, sing. "Sang" is the Great Wooded South vernacular name for the plant with the most valuable root in the woods, Ginseng. This particular plant is the famous Three Pronger rendition of the plant and is, I believe, the most prominent visual definition of symmetry in nature.

On another note, our geographic location here in the Great Wooded South puts us on the Southern edge of the Northern temperate forest, the Northern edge of the Southern temperate forest, the Western edge of the Appalachian mountain ecosystem and the Eastern edge of the Great Plains ecosystem. This geographic location puts us in a place with a great variety of plant life. The nuances of green, form, species and texture in the picture are indicative of that variety. I'm not a botanist but I would be willing to bet there are one or two of these plants that won't be found 200 miles North of here and one or two that won't be found 200 miles South of here, etc.

If as William Cowper said, "variety is the very spice of life", then our lives here in the Great Wooded South are, most certainly, well seasoned.




This story was posted on 2022-05-15 10:18:37
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Kentucky Color: Sang



2022-05-15 - Great Wooded South - Photo by Billy Joe Fudge.
Billy Joe says that the nuances of green, form, species and texture in this picture of a ginseng plant are indicative of the incredible variety of plant life that our unique location provides. He continues, "I'm not a botanist but I would be willing to bet there are one or two of these plants that won't be found 200 miles North of here and one or two that won't be found 200 miles South of here, etc."

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