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vine maple

Capt. Lewis, February 10, 1806--in the same part of the country there is also another growth which resembles the white maple in it's appearance, only that it is by no means so large; seldom being more than from 6 to 9 inches in diamater, and from 15 to 20 feet high; they frequently grow in clusters as if from the same bed of roots spreading and leaning outwards. the twigs are long and slender. the stems simple branching. the bark smooth and in colour resembling that of the white maple. the leaf is petiolate, plane, scattered nearly circular, with it's margin cut with accute angular incissures of an inch in length and from six to 8 in number the accute angular points formed by which incissures are crenate, or cut with small accute angular incissures. or in this form. [Captain Lewis included a drawing of the leaf here.] it is three inches in length, and 4 in width. the petiole celindric smooth and one and a 1/4 inches long. the fruit or flower not known.

Capt. Clark, February 10, 1806--In the same part of the country there is also another groth, which re- sembles the white maple in its appearance, only that it is by no means so large, seldom being more than from 6 to 9 inches in diamieter, and from 20 to 30 feet high; they frequently grow in clusters as if from the same bed or root, spreading or lean- ing outwards. the twigs are long and slender, the stems simple branching, the bark smoth and in colour resembles that of the white maple. the leaf is petiolate, plain, scattered nearly circular, with its margin cut with accute ang[u]lar incissures of an inch in length and from 6 to 8 in number, the accute angular points formed, by which incissures, are crenate, or cut with small angular incissures or in this form it is 3 inches in length, and 4 in width, the petiole is cilendric smoth and I 1/4 inches long. the froot or flour I have not as yet found out &c.

 
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