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hedge false bindweed

This entry describes one of 30 specimens that were sent to President Jefferson from Fort Mandan and then logged into the Museum in Philadelphia on November 16, 1805, but subsequently lost.  We include this species as an example of the breadth of discovery and the explorers’ scholarship; attribution to this species is based upon Lewis’ description, early botanical work on the specimens, current botanical literature, and knowledge of the regional flora.

Capt. Lewis, July 17, 1804 - N° 28. taken on the 17th July at the bald prarie is a large convolvalist [of] a fine white colour; the vines are very extensive and run in every direction intwining themselves about the larger weeds and bending them down is [in] such manner as to make the open grownds or praries where they grow almost impassable; the root is about the size and shape of the vine and enters it so deep that I could not find it's brances tho' I dug: as much as 2 feet in surch of it. the leaf is of a tonge like form pale green even on the edges. leaf thus (ed. – here he drew a picture of the leaf)

 
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