desert false indigo
Early in the trip, Captain Lewis found a plant on the lower Missouri with the same characteristics. This earlier specimen has been lost.
Capt. Lewis, May 23, 1804 - No 3. Was taken on the 23rd of May 1804, near the mouth of the Osage Woman's creek, it is a srub and resembles much in growth the bladder scenna, it rises to [the] hight of eight or ten feet and is an inhabitant of a moist rich coil. usually the verge of the river bank. it is a handsome Shrub.