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Plant    Species Name:
Vaccinium ovatum Pursh
syn. Vaccinium ovatum Pursh var. saporosum Jepson

Common Name:
evergreen huckleberry, California huckleberry


Fort Clatsop, Oregon   January 27, 1806

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

Vaccinium ovatum (PH-LC 222).

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

Lewis' label on the plant in the Lewis and Clark Herbarium is dated January 27, 1806.  The description of this plant occurs several times in the jorunals.  On January 26, both Lewis and Clark described the plant in detail, including how the natives stored the berries for later use.  On February 8, Lewis wrote that he had given the plant an incorrect name (Shal lun) and that it was Shallun that the nativs stored in loaves.  On Februray 11, Lewis again described this plant in detail and revised his descriptions about how the natives and explained that they apparently did not usually dry the berries for winter use.


Journal Entries:

Capt. Lewis, January 25, 1806 –. . . . The native fruits and buries in uce among the Indians of this neighbourhood are a deep purple burry ...  more>>

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collected by A.J. Johnson, Astoria, Oregon, 15 December 1894

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Vaccinium ovatum (Howard03409)

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Vaccinium ovatum (Howard03410)

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Vaccinium ovatum (T. Hagan)

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Vaccinium ovatum (M. Rivers Smith)

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Vaccinium ovatum (R.W. Smith)

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