The Panax (ginseng) genus belongs to the Araliaceae (ivy) family. Panax species are characterized by the presence of ginsenosides and gintonin. Panax is one of approximately 60 plant genera with a classical disjunct east Asian and east North American distribution. Furthermore, this disjunct distribution is asymmetric as only two of the ~18 species in genus are native to North America.
The name Panax, meaning 'all-healing' in Greek, shares the same origin as 'panacea' and was used for this genus because ...Read more in Wikipedia
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