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wild ginger

Early in the trip, Captain Lewis found a plant on the lower Missouri that he also identified as wild ginger.  This earlier specimen has been lost.  This species might be Asarum canadense.

Capt. Lewis, June 1, 1804 - No. 10.  This plant was taken the 1st of June at the mouth of the Osage river; it is known in this country by the name of the wild ginger,   it resembles that plant somewhat in both taste and effect,   it is a strong stomatic stimelent, and freequently used in sperits with bitter herbs.   it is common throughout the rich lands in the Western country.

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