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Plant    Species Name:
Dodecatheon poeticum L.F. Hend.

Common Name:
poet's shootingstar


The Dalles, Oregon   April 16, 1806

An image of the specimen in the Lewis and Clark herbarium. . . .

Dodecathon poeticum (PH-LC 75).

The copyright for this image is retained by the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia; this image is used with their permission.

Historical Notes

This specimen has been identified as D. meadia by Meehan (1898) and Cutright (1969), and more recently as D. jeffreyi by Moulton.  However, more than 100 years after the Corps of Discovery passed the Dalles on their return trip, L.F. Henderson recollected this species at the same site as did Meriwether Lewis, finally recognizing and publishing it as a new species.  Reveal et al. (1999) state, "It is somewhat remarkable that this plant, first found in 1806, went undiscovered for over a century."

References Reveal, James L., Alfred E. Schuyler and Gary E. Moulton , The Lewis and Clark collections of vascular plants: Names, types and comments, Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 149: 1-64, 1999

See following caption
Dodecatheon poeticum (R.W. Smith)

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