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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.

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