An image of the specimen in the Lewis and Clark herbarium. . . .
Dalea purpurea (PH-LC 73).
The copyright for this image is retained by the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia; this image is used with their permission.
A mystery -
A note on the actual specimen in Philadelphia, in what appears to be Captain Lewis' handwriting says: "Found September 2nd The Indians use it as an application to fresh wounds. They bruise the leaves adding a little water to apply it." However, in his journals, Captain Lewis noted that he had collected the plant on July 20, 1804.
A note on another fragment on this sheet in Philadelphia (the right-hand specimen) says that particular specimen was collected "On the Missouri, July 22, 1806". This appears to be in Pursh's handwriting.
Capt. Lewis, July 20th, 1804 – No. 15. Was taken on the 20th of July, a bieniel plant, an ... more>>