Ok folks for years and years ive heard and I guess seen these supposed man roots my question is has anyone ever been paid for this because it was a man shaped root? Its kinda of a wired question I know but over 20 plus years of digging and 3 years of being a dealer working with several buyers I have never got an extra dime for such a root. Real or just folklore?
I saw a Chinese photo of a root, in a red frame, with all the correct appendages, and as many hair roots as I've ever seen, about three years ago. It was of a Chinese auction, and the winning bid was something like 100,000 yen.
Having said this, I had no way of verifying it, or figuring out wether or not the auction was taking place in china . There were only oriental folks in the photo, and lots of Chinese writing in the pic.
I wish I could grow a few and then find out whether or not this was BS...
There is a whole separate market for collectible roots. Unfortunately, they are not American Ginseng roots. I think they are Panax Ginseng roots. They are very old, have very long necks and are cultivated in a way that promotes advantageous roots coming from the neck all the way up. Those are the root 'hairs' of which you speak. I can't even find a picture of one on the net right now. But,the higher prized ones go for astronomical prices the equivalent (if memory serves) of over $1 million -not Yen.
The pictures I've seen form private collections are on cards/boards and framed and might be 30\" or taller with every root hair laid out in an orderly fashion and sown to the back.