Lewis and Clark found 178 new specimen of plants on their journey through the west. Below are five specimen they found on their trip.
- Lewis and Clark called bearberry "kinnikinnick," which means "mixture."
- This plant has been used as medicine for at least 800 years.
- Black bears and various types of birds love to eat the red berries.
- Lewis Described this plant in his journal : "These berries are sometimes gathered and hung in their lodges in bags where
they dry without further trouble, for in their most succulent state they
appear to be almost as dry as flour."
- This plant grows along stream banks in the Great Plains of the U.S.A.
- The undersides of the leaves are a silvery color.
- Buffalo berry can also be known as "Rabbit Berry."
- Chocolate Lily bulbs were used as items of trade.
- The bulbs could also be eaten.
- It was noted to be found on April 10, 1806 in Oregon.
CRAB APPLE TREE
- The bright pink/purple flowers bloom in spring.
- These trees actually produce red berries as well, but they are rarely eaten.
- This tree is related to apple trees, except the fruit is too small to be classified as "apples."
WESTERN SPRING BEAUTY
- This plant is edible.
- Flowers can be yellwo/orange or white/pink.
- Western Spring Beauty can be found in grasslands and in the mountains.