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Bearberry - Lewis's Descriptio

Bearberry Specimen

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lewis's bearberry is his specimen No. 33. The label in his handwriting reads "an evergreen plant which grows usually in the open plains, the natives smoke its leaves mixed with Tobacco; called by the French engages Sacacommé. 1 Since the species does not occur anywhere near Fort Mandan, it is possible that it was collected elsewhere by one of the Mandans and given to Lewis at the fort. Otherwise, it may have been part of the material sent to Lewis by Hugh Heney. Lewis sent it back east on the keelboat in the spring of 1805. It is now in the Lewis and Clark Herbarium, at the Academy of Natural Sciences, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

--Joseph Mussulman and James L. Reveal

1. Moulton, 3:464. James L. Reveal, Gary E. Moulton, and Alfred E. Schuyler, "The Lewis and Clark collections of vascular plants: Names, types and comments," Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, 149 (January 1999): 9.

Bearberry - Lewis's Descriptio

From Discovering Lewis & Clark ®, http://www.lewis-clark.org © 1998-2014
by The Lewis and Clark Fort Mandan Foundation, Washburn, North Dakota.
Journal excerpts are from The Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, edited by Gary E. Moulton
13 vols. (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1983-2001)